By Clarke Morrison
A $20,000 reward remains unclaimed for information about who killed a bear, painted a message on its head and claws and dumped the carcass on a Buncombe County road.
No arrests have been made, and the reward offer ends Dec. 1, said Tim Gestwicki, CEO of the N.C. Wildlife Federation.
The federation is offering $17,000 — the organization’s largest ever reward offer — for information that directly leads to an arrest and criminal conviction, civil penalty assessment or forfeiture of property.
That’s in addition to the $3,000 reward initially offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Service Forest.
“We want to remind the public that this malicious and cowardly act of illegal activity has no place in North Carolina,” Gestwicki said. “We remain hopeful that anyone with information will come forward.
“Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money. We are providing these resources to underscore the seriousness we place on the poaching and outright desecration of this animal.”
The bear carcass was found in late June on a road in northwest Buncombe County. It is unclear how the bear was killed, said Lt. Tim Sisk, of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. More....