The illegal killing of two black bears in late August in the North Cascades National Park has promoted the posting of a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.The reward is being offered by The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.
On Aug. 28, hikers on the Maple Pass Loop trail near Washington Pass observed two male adults and two male adolescents posing for pictures with two bears they had illegally killed. One of the dead bears was later discovered by park rangers to have gunshot wounds. Hunting is prohibited within the park’s boundaries.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call North Cascade National Park Dispatch at 360-854-7249. Callers may remain anonymous.