By Megan Trimble
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating the poaching and dumping of a black bear in a state forest.
Someone had shot the male bear, which weighed about 275 lbs., and discarded the carcass at the end of Tower road in Buchanan State Forest in Fulton County, according to Wildlife Conservation Officer Justin Klugh Wednesday in a prepared news release.
"Evidence gathered indicated the bear had been shot elsewhere and transported to the site where it was discovered," Klugh said.
The bear had previously been trapped in May 2014 in Little Cove, Warren Township in Franklin County, according to records kept by the Game Commission. At that time, the bear weighed 150 lbs. and had been captured for research purposes.
The bear was most recently found with corn in its stomach, which indicates it was possibly killed while searching for food after having come out of its winter den, according to Klugh.
Anyone with additional information related to the bear's death is encouraged to call the Southcentral Region office at 814-643-1831. Callers may remain anonymous and an unspecified amount of reward money is available.