SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP (AP) – State officials are seeking information about the poaching of a 500-pound black bear that was found fatally shot in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the male bear’s carcass was found Manistee River near a boating access site in Kalkaska County’s Springfield Township. A necropsy determined the bear dead from a shotgun wound during the last week of April.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the DNR.

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Poaching a black bear is a misdemeanor crime subject to penalties of up to 90 days in jail and fines and restitution totaling up to $4,500. The area where the carcass was found is open for bear hunting only in part of September and October of each year.

[DNR’s Report All Poaching page]

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