Bears Slaughtered, Police Look for Suspects

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are requesting the public’s help in determining who slaughtered two Florida black bears in Gulf County.

FWC received notification on Dec. 22 that two bears had been killed illegally. One was a 195-pound female found on Road 20, and the other was a 125-pound female found on Jarrott Daniels Road. Both bears had been shot, FWC officials said.

The roads are located between two private properties that are leased for hunting. Florida banned the hunting of black bears in 1994. The bears are now listed as threatened in the state.

The investigation into who committed these crimes continues, and a reward is being offered if the information leads to an arrest, according to FWC officials. Call Wildlife Alert toll-free at 1-888-404-3922 to report any information about this crime. Callers can remain anonymous.