SUN PRAIRIE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The cash reward for tips leading to the suspects who decapitated a black bear in St. Croix County has tripled in recent weeks as the Department of Natural Resources continues its investigation.
The black bear was killed in February while hibernating inside a culvert along Highway H west of Sun Prairie. DNR wardens found the bear without its head on February 24 in a ditch just off Rice Lake Road in the Somerset Township. Wardens reported the bear was illegally shot and dragged from the culvert to another location where its head was removed.
The Star Prairie Fish and Game Association offered a $500 reward for tips that helped convict the person or persons responsible for the poaching. Wardens believe more than one person is responsible, since the bear weighed between 250 and 300 pounds.
More groups and private parties added to the reward as word spread of the incident. The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and private parties each added $500. The total cash reward for tips leading to a conviction is currently $1,750.
If you have information about the crime, contact the DNR Hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR. Callers can remain anonymous.