Mother bear of 3 cubs shot by poacher.

June 12, 2020

A Michigan black bear (this is not the actual bear that was poached.) DNR photo

Mother bear of 3 cubs shot by poacher.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are seeking information regarding a bear that was illegally shot in Oceana County earlier this week, according to a DNR press release. The bear was euthanized due to the extent of its injuries, leaving behind three cubs which were taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Following a call to the DNR’s poaching hotline, conservation officers found the bear around 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the Ruby Creek, located near Riverbend Road, northwest of the Ruby Creek Tavern in Mason County’s Branch Township.

When conservation officers arrived, they found the bear near the edge of the creek attempting to get out of the water. The bear’s three cubs had climbed into a nearby tree. Due to a gunshot wound, the bear was unable to move its rear legs. A wildlife biologist examined the bear and determined it needed to be euthanized.
Officers estimate the bear was shot Tuesday or Wednesday.

“It’s a shame this bear had to be euthanized,” said Lt. Joe Molnar. “The bear suffered needlessly, while trying to take care of her cubs. If you or anyone you know has information that can help us solve this crime, we want to hear from you.”

Anyone with information regarding this poaching incident can call or text the Report All Poaching hotline at ‪800-292-7800‬, which is available 24/7. Information can be left anonymously. Monetary rewards are available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of violators. During 2019, more than $9,700 was awarded for information that led to the arrest and conviction of poachers.

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