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DNR investigates illegal bear killing

MADISON (WRN)   Officials with the Department of Natural Resources are asking for help finding out who illegally killed and beheaded a bear in northwestern Wisconsin.

The remains of the black bear were found in February after its headless body was dumped in a ditch in Somerset Township. DNR conservation warden Paul Sickman says they believe the 250 to 300 pound animal was shot while hibernating in a culvert a few miles away, then was moved and decapitated. Because of that, Sickman says it’s likely more than one person was involved in the poaching.

Sickman says they have checked with local taxidermists, but have had few leads so far. The Star Prairie Fish and Game Association is offering a $500 reward for any tip that helps convict those responsible. Anyone with information is urged to contact the DNR Hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR.