Bear Killed

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A reward of $6,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the poaching of a black bear near this Florida Panhandle town.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced today that an anonymous donor is offering five-thousand dollars and
the commission's Wildlife Alert program will pay up to $1,000.

The mutilated remains of a large male bear were found February 8th next to a boat ramp on the Walton County side of the Choctawhatchee River. The river divides Walton and Washington counties at that point.

The black bear is not protected as a federal endangered species. Some states allow limited hunting, but not Florida.

Federal wildlife officials say as many as 3,000 Florida black bears live in the state and southern Georgia and southern Alabama. Most live in areas protected by state or federal laws.