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Dead black bear dumped on NCSU campus

Posted April 29, 2014

— A dead black bear was dumped early Tuesday on the central part of North Carolina State University's campus in Raleigh, campus police said.

A groundskeeper reported the bear to authorities at about 8 a.m. It was found outside Bostian Hall, not far from the Brickyard.

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 200-pound bear was killed elsewhere and moved to campus, although it was unclear how the bear was killed.

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 a necropsy will be performed Tuesday.

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.

Pictures of the bear were circulating on social media throughout the morning.

Graduate student Jesse Ditillo said she was walking across campus to take a final exam when she saw the bear.

"From far away, we weren't really sure what it was," she said. "But we wandered by and it was there. It's a college campus and weird things happen."

Junior Morjan Rahal said the bear's death prompts questions about how it died and why it was brought to campus.

"I was really confused," she said. "But I thought, 'Hey, we're in NC and things happen.'"

Anyone with information about the bear is asked to call the wildlife commission at 1-800-662-7137.


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  • mjgdeux May 1, 2014

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    No, actually it is not.

  • mjgdeux May 1, 2014

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    Pepe, you may want to advise that person to visit an ophthalmologist. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has stated that the necropsy shows that the bear was hit by a vehicle and was NOT shot.

  • Kelly Birdsall Apr 30, 2014
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    Comments like "hey we're in nc and things happens"or "we're on a college campus & weird things happen" make me sick. What a pathetic excuse for something unacceptable. This passive attitude is why our country is in a mess. Just accept anything.

  • Kenneth Gordon Hart Apr 30, 2014
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    "But I thought, 'Hey, we're in NC and things happen.'" Boy, is that a sad statement if a monstrous thing like this is just something to be expected in NC.

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 30, 2014

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    I agree. And sentence them to 30 days walking around campus in a Smokey the Bear costume.

  • Janene DiPierro Apr 30, 2014
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    If the claws were missing... isn't that poaching? Isn't that against the law?? This whole thing is disgusting !!

  • Pepe Silvia Apr 30, 2014

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    Clearly the person(s) responsible thought it would be a funny prank.

    Saying that those actions are acceptable as "college kids will be college kids" and even saying its "absolutely hilarious" is disgusting and equally disturbing.

  • 678devilish Apr 30, 2014

    This is horrible what someone did to this bear and dump the in this matter. When they find the person, they should lock the person up for 2,000 days and should have to do community service by working with the forest ranger to do work and absolutely no pay.

  • Ben Sanders Apr 30, 2014
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    Only a person without reading comprehension skills would come to the conclusion that a"photo of a bear on a bench" equals "killing an animal for entertainment".

  • Pepe Silvia Apr 30, 2014

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    Only a psychopath would find killing an innocent animal for entertainment "absolutely hilarious"