SOMERSET TOWNSHIP, Wis. - A number of outdoor and wildlife organizations have stepped up to triple the reward offered in the case of a black bear that was decapitated while hibernating.
The bear was discovered in St. Croix County February 24 after DNR wardens got a call from someone who had spotted the carcass in a ditch. Responding wardens found the body of the bear, which had been freshly killed and was missing its head, just off Rice Lake Road in Somerset Township.
Evidence at the scene indicates the bear was illegally shot while hibernating inside a culvert west of Star Prairie, then taken to a second location where the head was removed. Since the bear's weight was estimated to be 250 to 300 pounds wardens say it would have taken more than one person to move the bear.
The Star Prairie Fish & Game Association began the cash reward with a donation of $500, but others have stepped forward to push the amount to $1750.
If you have any information related to this crime, please contact the DNR Hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR. Callers can remain anonymous.
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