FWC seeks information in black bear death
Friday, July 29, 2011
Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459
Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) are seeking the public's help in their
investigation into the recent death of a Florida black bear.
The bear's carcass was found dumped and wrapped in a tarp last
Friday in the Golden Gate Estates area of Collier County.
Decomposition had set in, and investigators suspect foul play.
"This is a disturbing case," said FWC Capt. Jayson Horadam.
"Bears are protected under state law. It is illegal to kill or
wound bears. The offense is punishable as a felony."
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the FWC's
Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. Callers may remain
anonymous and could be eligible for a reward if their information
leads to an arrest.
The FWC is committed to reducing human-bear conflicts. Access to
unsecured garbage encourages bears to remain in neighborhoods,
which creates conflicts. For more information about living with black bears, visit