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$20K Reward Offered In NC Bear Carcass Case

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission wants to know who and why someone dumped a bear carcass marked with words in white paint on a road in Buncombe County. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission wants to know who and why someone dumped a bear carcass marked with words in white paint on a road in Buncombe County.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission wants to know who and why someone dumped a bear carcass marked with words in white paint on a road in Buncombe County.

The bear was discovered this week with the words "What's Bruin" written across the head and paws.

The message may have been a reference to cases involving "Operation Something Bruin", a law enforcement crackdown on illegal poaching of bears and other wildlife conducted by several agencies.

In February 2013, state and federal wildlife officials announced the arrests from the four-year undercover investigation in North Carolina and Georgia. Ten people were convicted earlier this month on federal charges stemming from the investigation.

Anyone with information on this bear defacing case or other wildlife violations is urged to call 1-800-662-7137. A reward of $3,000 is being offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the U.S. Forest Service for information leading to the arrest and conviction in this case. 

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