Reward increased in Crestview bear shooting
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676
Wildlife authorities are hoping a larger reward
will lead them to whoever shot and killed a large black bear last
Friday on the grounds of the closed Shoal River Golf Course at
Florida's Wildlife Alert Reward Association is
offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the
shooter. Now, the Humane Society of the United States and the
Humane Society Land Trust have stepped forward, offering an
additional $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of the person or people responsible for the killing.
A resident at 306 Shoal River Drive reported
hearing a single gunshot on Feb. 11 at about 4:30 a.m. across from
his home. It was a place where the homeowner has been feeding deer
for some time. Responding officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) found a dead, 200-pound male bear.
The bear had been shot, apparently with a rifle.
The bear was the same one FWC biologists moved Nov.
18 from Fort Walton Beach to Eglin Air Force Base, after it had
been shot and wounded by a homeowner. The homeowner, who wasn't
charged, feared the bear was about to attack his dog.
"Someone knows who did this, and we're asking that
they step forward and help us solve this," said Lt. Mark
Hollinhead, FWC supervisor for Okaloosa and north Walton counties.
Hollinhead said anyone with information should call the FWC's
Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. Callers can remain