PCSO: FWC investigating poached bear
JOHNSON — Authorities said a bear carcass was found Sunday morning on Neal Road near County Road 21.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Col. Joe Wells said state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers requested a deputy respond to the area after a deceased bear was found at about 10:15 a.m.
Wells said Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement officers told dispatchers they would be delayed and requested a deputy determine if a biologist was needed or if the bear was hit and killed by a car.
“Typically, a biologist is needed if there is a possibility of poaching,” Wells said.
According to notes between dispatchers and the deputy who responded, Wells said, it appeared the bear was poached.
“The deputy requested a biologist and (commission) officers to respond,” Wells said.
According to the state Black Bear Conservation Rule, it is unlawful to injure or kill bears without prior authorization from the wildlife commission.
Violation of the bear rule is a misdemeanor and can result in up to $500 in fines and/or 60 days in jail for a first offense.
A spokesman for the wildlife commission did not return phone calls by press time.