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Louisiana man killed black bear $10G fine

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

Ronald J. Kimble, of Lettsworth, La., shot the bear in November 2017 on the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area, WAFB-TV reported. The 30-year-old, with the help of a “large-caliber weapon,” shot the female black bear twice.

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

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While investigating the death, the Louisiana Department of wildlife and Fisheries agents later located and interviewed Kimble about the incident. He admitted to killing the 4-year-old bear, telling the officials that he thought it was a wild pig, WAFB-TV reported.

Kimble was arrested in January and charged with taking a bear during a closed season. He was also charged as 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 are also revoked, but 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.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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