Louisiana black bear

The illegal killing of a Louisiana black bear may mean a fine for a North Louisiana hunter.

Dennis Reppon, 53, of Bastrop, LA, has been cited for illegally taking a Louisiana black bear.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents charged the Morehouse Parish man on August 1 for killing the bear during the 2018-19 deer hunting season.

Agents received information that Reppon shot a black bear with a bow and arrow behind his residence in October 2018. Agents went to Reppon’s residence north of Bastrop and found a black bear head and hide in his freezer.

Reppon admitted to taking the bear while deer hunting.

Illegal taking of a Louisiana black bear brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Reppon may also face civil restitution totaling $10,000 for the replacement value of the illegally taken black bear.

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