Jacksonville Man Charged in Bear Killing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville man has been charged
with killing a Florida black bear in the Osceola National Forest.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says James C. Snipes, 49, killed the bear in October 2008. Killing black bears has been illegal in Florida since 1994. The bear is now a threatened species in all but two counties in the state.

Snipes faces up to a $500 fine and or up to 60 days in jail.

Snipes has an unlisted telephone number and could not be reached for comment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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