Reward Rises In Illegal Wisconsin Bear Kill

Wisconsin DNR - Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, Bear Hunting Magazine

The reward in the case of a decapitated black bear in St. Croix County, Wisconsin has risen from $500 to $1,750. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) back in February found an illegally shot black bear without its head. Based on evidence, the bear had been hibernating in a culvert near Star Prairie when it was shot, dragged to another location, and then decapitated. The bear was dumped near the town of Somerset afterwards. Because the bear was estimated to weigh around 300 pounds, the DNR believes more than one person was involved.

The Star Prairie Fish & Game originally offered the $500 reward and in recent weeks, the Mid-State Houndsmen Association, the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and private parties added to it. The reward is for tips that lead to a conviction and should be given to the state DNR.

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