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FWC seeks information in bear killing

News Release

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676, ext. 211

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public's help to determine who killed a young female black bear found in the Apalachicola National Forest on Dec. 14.

FWC Investigator Lt. Scott Runkle said the 108-pound bear was apparently killed elsewhere, then dumped on a woods road east of Springhill Road near Fisher Creek in southern Leon County.  The general location where the small bear was found is referred to as Hellen Guard.

Killing a black bear is a felony under Florida law and punishable by a maximum of a $1,000 fine and one year imprisonment.

Runkle said anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the person or people who killed the bear is eligible for a reward under the Wildlife Alert Reward Program.  The rewards range up to $1,000, and callers can remain anonymous.

The Wildlife Alert number is 888-404-3922.

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