Reward offered for info on black bear shot, killed in Estates

A dead black bear was found at the end of Desoto Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates in July 2011. Investigators suspect someone intentionally killed the bear, which would be a felony.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

A dead black bear was found at the end of Desoto Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates in July 2011. Investigators suspect someone intentionally killed the bear, which would be a felony.

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction in the case of a Florida black bear found shot to death in Golden Gate Estates in July.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, which work to curb wildlife poaching, are offering the reward.

The black bear was found July 22 wrapped in a tarp at the end of 12th Avenue Northeast and Desoto Boulevard, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Black bears are a threatened species in Florida and killing one is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Anyone with information about the case should call the FWC's wildlife alert hotline at 888-404-3922. Callers can remain anonymous.

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