Bear found dead at NCSU likely hit by vehicle, NC Wildlife says
Posted May 1
Raleigh, N.C. — A 200-pound black bear found dead Tuesday on a bench at North Carolina State University was hit by a vehicle, not shot, according to preliminary necropsy results.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission posted the update Thursday on Twitter and said a news conference would be held once the final report was ready.
The dead black bear was dumped early Tuesday on the central part of campus, outside Bostian Hall, not far from the Brickyard, campus police said. A groundskeeper reported the bear to authorities at about 8 a.m.
A spokesman for campus police said officials weren't sure how long the bear was on the bench before being discovered. Authorities said they believe the bear was killed elsewhere and moved to campus.
Officials with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission removed the bear at about 9:15 a.m. The animal was taken to the Rollins Laboratory at the state Agriculture Department, where the necropsy was performed.
A witness told WRAL News that the bear's claws had been removed, but wildlife officials did not confirm that.
"That's something that will be determined through the investigation," said Brent Ward, an enforcement officer with the wildlife commission.
He said the fine for killing bears out of season is discretionary and up to the courts. The fine ranges from $500 to $10,000.
Ward said the courts also could order the culprits to pay the cost of replacing a black bear, which is a minimum of $2,230. Other possible charges could include animal cruelty or improper disposal.
Anyone with information about the bear is asked to call the wildlife commission at 1-800-662-7137.