Marksville man accused of killing Louisiana black bear

(Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)
(Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

A Marksville man was arrested and booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail on Monday for his alleged role in the illegal killing of a Louisiana black bear.

According to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 30-year-old Derek P. Sayer is accused of shooting and killing a Louisiana black bear on Nov. 27, 2012 in Avoyelles Parish.

Authorities said a hunter alerted authorities on Nov. 27 about a dead black bear on an all-terrain vehicle trail on Avoyelles Parish School Board property located 20 miles northwest of Marksville.

Authorities said LDWF Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers responded to the scene and immediately started a joint investigation.

Sayer allegedly killed the bear, authorities said.

Authorities said LDWF performed a necropsy of the bear, which revealed the bear was fatally shot with buckshot. The bear was reportedly approximately two years old and weighed about 100 pounds.

Harvesting a Louisiana black bear brings a state fine between $900 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail. In addition, restitution for the value of the animal up to $10,000 could be imposed.

Authorities said the Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.

The North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory in Alexandria and the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office provided forensic and technical assistance during the investigation.

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