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Reward offered after bear found shot in Keremeos vineyard

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October 04, 2019 - 11:30 AM

PENTICTON - As the B.C. Conservation Officer Service investigates the illegal shooting of a bear in Keremeos a reward is being offered for information leading to the identity of the shooter.

The conservation service said in a social media post a mother black bear was shot and killed in a vineyard along Bypass Road in Keremeos, sometime between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

The shooting of the bear has also orphaned two cubs who were born this year.

Conservation officers are trying to catch the cubs in order to take them to a rehabilitation centre where they can be cared for. There are concerns the cubs might have difficulty finding a denning site and surviving winter on their own.

The conservation service is offering a $2,000 reward through the B.C. Wildlife Federation for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

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