By Dave Benton
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is investigating after a bear’s head and paws were found in a shopping cart on a Charleston store’s parking lot.
The animal’s body parts were found stuffed in a garbage bag and placed in a cart on the parking lot of Gabriel Brothers discount store in Kanawha City.
Workers discovered the bag late Saturday night and called police.
Bear season does not begin in West Virginia until Sept. 28.
DNR officials said the bear probably weighed about 250 pounds and that somebody poached and skinned it
"Unfortunately, poaching goes on quite a bit in this state,” Brett Chandler, of the DNR, said. “Haven't seen it blatantly dumped like this in a parking lot, but it does go on."
The penalty for poaching in West Virginia can include jail terms. A third offense is a felony conviction, with up to a $10,000 fine, one to five years in prison and loss of a hunting license for life.
Anybody with information that can help with the investigation is asked to call police. Video.