Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WIDNR - Cash reward tripled in case of the decapitated bear; tips to DNR wardens

Cash reward tripled in case of the decapitated bear; tips to DNR wardens

Published: May 29, 2013 in Crime Stoppers

By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement

The cash reward for tips in the case of the decapitated black bear, killed while hibernating inside a northern Wisconsin culvert, has tripled in recent weeks as Department of Natural Resources wardens continue their investigation.


A DNR warden got this 2012 photo of a Wisconsin black bear in the northwoods.
A DNR warden got this 2012 photo of a Wisconsin black bear in the northwoods.
 
 
The Star Prairie Fish and Game Association was the first organization to offer a $500 reward to the individual or individuals whose tip to the wardens results in the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the February poaching of the bear in St. Croix County.

More groups and private parties in recent weeks have added to the cash reward total as the story spread about the killing of the sleeping bear. The Mid-State Houndsmen Association has added $250 to the cash reward total. The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association also has committed $500 in a cash reward. And, an additional $500 has been provided by private parties. The total cash reward for tips leading to a conviction stands at $1,750.

The bear was discovered on February 24 after DNR wardens got a call. The wardens found the body of the bear, which had been freshly killed and missing its head, in a ditch just off Rice Lake Road in Somerset Township.

More at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=298

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