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Reward boosted to $1,750 for bear death information

The reward for information leading to the arrest of individuals involved in the killing of a bear has grown. Several organizations and individuals have added to the initial $500 reward, and now the incentive stands at $1,750.

On or about February 24, conservation wardens with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources received a call about a dead bear. The bear was found freshly killed with its head cut off and the body in the ditch off of Rice Lake Road in Somerset Township.

From the evidence collected at the scene it appeared the person(s) cut the head off in the middle of the road. This bear was illegally shot while hibernating inside a culvert in St Croix County, west of Star Prairie on County Highway H, was dragged out and transported to another location where the head was removed.

The bear was estimated at 250-300 pounds and would have required multiple people to drag and handle.

The Wisconsin DNR is requesting help from the public with any information on who may have committed this act and can call 1-800-TIP-WDNR with any information. This TIP number is confidential and callers can remain confidential.

The Star Prairie Fish and Game Association originally offered a $500 reward for the person(s) whose information leads to the conviction of the person(s) associated with the poaching of this bear.

Since the original story was published, this story has gained the attention of other sporting/hunting associations along with private individuals, according to Paul Sickman, conservation warden for the Lower St. Croix Team.

Additional rewards are being offered by:

The Mid-State Houndsmen Association, $250

Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, $500

Private Parties, $500

For a total of $1,750