ISSAQUENA COUNTY, Miss.—One of the state’s very few black bears was killed in a November 2012 incident and now the feds have taken over the case.
Brad Young, bear expert with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, said their agency had been keeping up with the bear since her birth in 2007.
“She was one of the first black bear cubs born in the Delta for over 40 years.”
He said it’s even worse because she had been producing cubs in raising them in Mississippi.
“This was a radio collared female bear,” he said.
The MDWFP had kept up with at least three cubs she had since 2010.
Her radio GPS sent Young an update by email every day to inform him of her location and in November 2012 it sent an alert emailing that the bear hadn’t moved in over 8 hours. Young said that alert is known as a “mortality email.”
“I went out there and investigated and found her dead,” he said.
The bear’s body was found on private property in Issaquena County with a gunshot.
Young said federal wildlife agents have taken over the case.
He estimated that Mississippi has about 150 bears within its borders and many of those are on the western edges that have swum the Mississippi river. Young juvenile bears are known to travel far distances once pushed out on their own.
The above trail camera picture is of a Mississippi black bear in Warren County from 2012.