PINE MOUNTAIN CLUB, Calif. (KGET)– Viewer photos show a bear struck by an arrow in Pine Mountain Club near Cedar Wood Drive on Thursday.
Viewers told 17 News they would like the community member to be held accountable and once people start killing bears against the law it has gone too far.
In response to this incident, Help Asheville Bears (HAB), a North Carolina-based organization, is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the person responsible for killing the bear.
“We just really want to catch the person who did this,” said Jody Williams with HAB. “This is what we do; we try and protect wildlife against the evil humans out there.”
The reward is sponsored by Col. Hershel Scott Morgan, 4th longest held Air Force POW in American history. HAB rewards cover the U.S. and Canada.
“Poachers are the prey,” Williams said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to reach out to Williams at 855-SOS-BEAR (855-767-2327).
Seeing bears in Pine Mountain Club is not out of the ordinary, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Whether this was a crime or violation or someone acting in self-defense is unknown but an investigation underway, according to CDFW.
In the photos, you can see the bear laying on the ground with an arrow sticking out of the bear’s back.