Black bear killed illegally, dumped in state forest

Photo credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission

MCCONNELSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating the illegal killing of a black bear.

Wildlife Conservation Officer Justin Klugh said the carcass was dumped at the end of Tower Road in the Buchanan State Forest, in Fulton County.

He said it appears the 275-pound male was shot somewhere else and transported to the site.

Klugh said records show the bear had been captured for research purposes in Little Cove, Warren Township, Franklin County in May.

The carcass had corn in the stomach, indicating the killing may have occurred while the bear was searching for food after leaving its winter den, he said.

Anyone with information may call the Game Commission’s Southcentral Region office at 814-643-1831. Callers may remain anonymous, and reward money is available if the person responsible is prosecuted.

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