Lawmen Look for Killer of Black Bear

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers are hoping a reward offer of more than $5,000 will prompt someone to step forward with information about who killed a large bear on Eglin Air Force Base over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Hunters found the 350-pound male bear Saturday, Nov. 26 in Management Unit 7, which is north of Niceville.

Bear hunting is not legal in Florida, but investigators confirmed the bear had been shot.

Lt. Jeff Hahr, FWC law enforcement supervisor for Walton County, said an anonymous donor is offering a $5,000 reward to solicit tips from the public.

In addition, a separate reward of up to $1,000 is available from the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Program.

The Wildlife Alert tip line is 1-888-404-FWCC (3922). Callers can remain anonymous.

Ms. Toni Brannon, Staff Assistant
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Northwest Region
3911 Highway 2321
Panama City, FL 32409-1658
PH: 850-265-3676; Suncom 771-2970
FAX: 850-747-5690; Suncom FAX: 777-5690

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