Reward offered to find person who shot, killed black bear in Lake County neighborhood

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — State wildlife officials are searching for the person who shot and killed a black bear in a Lake County neighborhood.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said the bear was found shot dead in a neighborhood in Astor between Armadillo and Bobcat roads.

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Officials said it appears that someone shot the bear and left it to die.

Bear advocates Bear Warriors United teamed up with FWC to offer a reward to help investigators track down the person who killed the animal.

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“About seven days before this bear was found dead, there were a number of people complaining about bears in that area, getting into the trash and eating acorns in their yard,” said Katrina Shadix, with Bear Warriors United. And then all of a sudden the bear ends up dead."

FWC want you to contact investigators if you know anything about the death of the bear.

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