$5,000 reward offered for info in illegal killing of Florida black bear

FWC photo of a Florida Black Bear.

SANFORD, Fla. (WFLA) – The U.S. Humane Society is asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for shooting and killing a female Florida black bear in Sanford.

The U.S. Humane Society is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person who killed the bear.

According to local law enforcement, the bear, who was probably six or seven years old, was found dead in Bookertown Park.

Officials say the bear may have been dragged to the park from another location. Florida law prohibits anyone from shooting a black bear.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has opened an investigation into her death.

“It’s disturbing that someone would just shoot a bear and leave her body in a park,” said Kate MacFall, Florida State Director for The Humane Society of the United States. “Our native bears face enough challenges already without someone going around and randomly killing them.”

Anyone with information on the person(s) responsible has been asked to contact The Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 (FWCC) or by email or text to Tip@MyFWC.com. Callers can remain anonymous.  You may be eligible for a reward up to $5,000.

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