Pa. police seek person who shot bear out of season

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — State officials say they are looking for someone who shot and killed a 550-pound black bear that was found dead near a northeastern Pennsylvania road.

The Times Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/13KiuVh) Pennsylvania Game Commission officials started an investigation Wednesday after someone reported seeing the bloodied bear. Wildlife conservation Officer Jim McCarthy says they don’t have a suspect, but are pursuing leads.

Fatally shooting a bear out of season carries penalties of up to 120 days and jail and a $6,500 fine.

Authorities believe the bear was killed Tuesday. McCarthy says there’s no indication the bear was hit by a vehicle and killed out of mercy. He wouldn’t say if any parts of the bear had been removed.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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