January 2008 Asheville Field Office press releases, story ideas, and media advisories
January 24, 2008
John Garrison, Blue Ridge Parkway, 828/271-4779
A reward of up to $3,500 is offered for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the November 2nd unlawful killing of a black bear near milepost 430, between Balsam and Highway 215 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County.
The illegal take of the black bear is the subject of a joint investigation between the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and brings a maximum civil penalty of up to a $10,000 fine and a criminal penalty of up to a $100,000 fine and one year in prison.
The Fish & Wildlife Service has contributed $2,500 to the reward fund, with the North Carolina Bear Hunter’s Association contributing $500, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation another $500.
Anyone with information concerning the killing is asked to call Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Chip Buchanan at 828/456-9530 Ext. 112 or U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Special Agent Tom Chisdock at 828/258-2084. Callers may remain anonymous.
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