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Feds look for black bear killer

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Federal investigators are looking into the killing of a black bear in the Mississippi Delta. It happened in November in Issaquena County.

The bear was born in Mississippi in February 2007 from a mother that had been tagged by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The bear was photographed when it was 1 month old.

The bear's death had been kept a secret while federal authorities investigated the incident. No details of how the bear was killed have been released.

WLBT news learned of the incident and was able to interview the black bear team leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, Brad Young.

"She had a special GPS collar, a global positioning collar, that would actually send e-mails to my computer every day, telling me the location of where this bear was," Young said. "When she died the collar started emitting what is called the mortality signal, showing that the bear had not moved in eight to ten hours. So when we got that we went out to the field to investigate, and that's when we found her dead."

The bear did not have a name other than Q900. Whoever killed Q900 could face up to a $50,000 fine and a year in jail.

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