The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries responded to a recent report of a dead black male bear in West Filiciana Parish.
An investigation determined that the bear was killed by a gunshot wound from a rifle.
LDWF has multiple ways for the public to provide tips 24 hours a day, including the LADWF Tips mobile app, powered by tip411, that keeps tipsters anonymous.
The Humane Society of the U.S is offering up to $2,500, the Safari Club International Acadiana Chapter is also offering up to $2,500 and Louisiana Operation Game Thief is offering up to $1,000, totaling $6,000 in rewards for anyone that has information that leads to a conviction for this case.
Taking a bear during a closed season holds between a $900-$950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, and anyone found guilty of shooting this specific black bear may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken black bear totaling $10,000.
The Lousiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries mobile app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store. Citizens can also submit an anonymous text tip via their cell phone by texting the keyword “LADWF Tips” and their message/tip to 847411.