Of Bears, Cruel Creeps & the Appalachian Trail

Published Aug 16, 2014

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USDA Forest Service Special Agent in Charge Steve Ruppert ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

This website is dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of the Appalachian Trail. When interesting stuff comes our way that isn't about the AT, we only publish what we believe lovers of the AT would appreciate.

Such is the case of this story from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

They want to identify whomever dumped a bear carcass -- marked in white paint -- onto a road in Buncombe County.

Anyone with information pertaining to this atrocity should call 1-800-662-7137. Callers may remain anonymous.

A combined reward of $3,000 has been offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Sadly, the bear was discovered this week with "WHATS BRUIN?" written across the head and "w-h-a-t-s" across the claws on the right paw and "b-r-u-i-n" across the claws on the left paw.

"This is a blatant disregard for wildlife and we plan to pursue this case vigorously," said Lt. Tim Sisk with the Wildlife Commission. "Such actions cast a negative light on hunters and harm conservation efforts. We certainly want to determine the motives, as well as the other circumstances, as to how this bear ended up like this."

[Frankly, I personally don't give a rip about their motives. I just want them caught and brought to justice.]

The state is currently prosecuting cases from Operation Something Bruin, a multi-agency law enforcement initiative focused on the illegal poaching of bears and other wildlife, at the Haywood County Courthouse.

In February 2013, state and federal wildlife officials announced the arrests from the four-year undercover investigation in North Carolina and Georgia. Ten defendants were convicted earlier this month in U.S. District Court for federal charges stemming from the undercover investigation.

I look forward to the day when we report about the conviction of the people involved in this crime.

Click Here for Background on "Operation Something Bruin"

Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state's fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

Get N.C. Wildlife Update - news including season dates, bag limits, legislative updates and more - delivered free to your Inbox from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Go to www.ncwildlife.org/enews.


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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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