Reward offered in Eastpoint bear killing

The site of the bear shooting. Photo available for purchase

The site of the bear shooting.

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM.

Sometime between dusk on Thursday, Dec. 19 and 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, someone in Eastpoint shot a bear.

The shooting took place on Old Ferry Dock Road between Barber Drive and US 98.

Nearby resident Roger Keen said the bear had been a nuisance in the area for several months. He said it damaged a fence on his property and rummaged in garbage cans and visited a trailer park at nearby Washington Street .

Stan Kirkland, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said FWC officers responded to a call from an unidentified person at around 9 a.m. Friday and found a 385-pound, dead, male bear.

FWC determined the animal had been shot, and said the shooting is under investigation. They would not disclose further details.

Kirkland said the bear was not tagged or collared and there was nothing to indicate it had earlier been labeled as a nuisance bear.

“We have had some people report a bear or bears in the area,” he said. “We have taken these reports seriously but we don’t necessarily move a bear simply because they come into urban or semi urban areas.”

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