Officials seek answers after discovery of bear without head or paws

Officials seek answers about bear found without head and paws
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Wildlife officials in Washington state are seeking answers after someone made a gruesome discovery in Klickitat County on December 12. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police issued a release about their investigation, writing:

WDFW Police seek the public’s assistance to help identify a person(s) of interest in the killing and removing of the head and feet of a black bear, north of Lyle in Klickitat County. On December 12th, a citizen found the black bear carcass on DNR managed land just south of Johnson Road on DNR Road H2221.

The female bear appeared to have had her head and paws cut off with a sharp object – what remained of her body showed no obvious signs of trauma. Approximately 25 meters from the carcass was a discarded produce box. WDFW describes the contents:

The box was full of tomatoes, two quart containers full of half-and-half (expired the end of November 2019), and a bag of avocados. Scat piles were also found near the tree.

Information needed

Anyone with information is encouraged to call us at 360-902-2936 option 1, visit the department’s website at and click on violations, or text WDFWTIP to 847411. Those who provide information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward or bonus points for special permit hunting opportunities.

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