Charges coming in black bear dumping case

Derek Montague
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Two individuals identified, missing black bear head found

Two black bear bodies, including one with no head, were discovered at an old dumpsite in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Now, charges are expected to be laid against two individuals.

Recently, two black bear bodies were found in an old dumpsite in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. One body was headless and the other had been gutted.

On the morning of June 6, Hayward Taylor from the Department of Justice told The Labradorian that two persons of interest have been identified in the case, and charges will be laid in the near future.

Taylor said the missing black bear head has also been found and seized by wildlife officers, as a result of the investigation.

“We received a complaint on the evening of June 3 that two bears were disposed of in the (old) dump in Happy Valley-Goose Bay,” said Taylor.

“We identified two individuals of interest … we will be laying charges.”

Taylor said the two individuals, one of whom had a valid black bear hunting license, would be charged with “willfully allowing the flesh to be destroyed” on the bears.

Taylor said he couldn't speculate on why the head of a black bear would be kept, while the rest of the body is thrown out,

“ I’m (not) aware of … a black market for black bear heads,” said Taylor.

Taylor said wildlife officers are working on disposing of the two black bear bodies in a proper manner.

Organizations: Department of Justice, National Geographic

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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