Louisiana man who killed black bear gets $10G fine

A Louisiana man was found guilty of killing a female black bear and was ordered to pay more than $10,000 in civil restitution, the state’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced Tuesday.

Ronald J. Kimble, a 30-year-old from Lettsworth, shot and killed the bear in November 2017. He shot it twice using a “large caliber weapon" on the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area, WAFB-TV reported. 

Wildlife agents found the bear dead shortly after receiving a “mortality signal” from the bear’s collar.

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As part of the investigation, LDWF agents located and interviewed Kimble about the incident. He admitted to killing the 4-year-old bear, telling officials he thought it was a wild hog, WAFB-TV reported.

Kimble was arrested in January and charged with taking a bear during a closed season. He was also charged for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

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In total, Kimble owes $10,000 in restitution and $250 in attorney’s fees, according to the news station. His hunting and fishing licenses have also been revoked, though they can be restored after he pays the total amount of $10,250.

Black bear hunting season does not exist in Louisiana, according to WAFB-TV.