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Reward offered for information on the killing of two black bears in St. Mary Parish
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March 1, 2018 -

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents are offering a 55-hundred-dollar reward for information about who killed two black bears in St. Mary Parish in the Atchafalaya Basin. It is believed they were killed between February 2nd and 4th. LDWF spokesman Adam Einck says both bears were discovered in a fairly remote area.

"One was found about ten miles south of Franklin along Humble Canal in St. Mary Parish and then the other one after investigating the area was found about a mile and a half from there."

The Humane Society of the United States, the Acadiana Chapter of Safari Club International and The Safari Club International Foundation are assisting in offering the reward. After an initial investigation, Einck says they believe they are looking for the same suspects in both killings.

"We do feel it's the same person or the same party that committed both violations. We do have a $5,500.00 reward for anybody that has any information."

Einck says the Louisiana black bear is protected after nearing extinction and was considered a “threatened species” between 1992 and 2016. Einck says sadly the bears were shot and killed and there’s no evidence as to why.

"We're not quite sure what the motive was for shooting these two black bears, but it's obviously still under investigation."

Anyone with information can call a hotline at 800-442-2511 or it can be submitted through the Tip 411 app on smartphones.

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