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Cash offered for info. on Quantico bear killer

Monday - 2/14/2011, 8:51am  ET

Kathy Stewart, wtop.com

WASHINGTON -- Animal rights organizations are offering a reward for any information concerning the slaughter of a black bear cub, found last November in Quantico, Va.

The Human Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust posted the $2,500 reward to anyone who knows about a black bear cub, at least 1 year old, that clean-up crews found last November. The cubs carcass was in a trash bag in Prince William Forest Park at the border of Triangle, Va. and the Quantico Marine Base.

The cub had its gallbladder and other organs removed, and was stripped of its meat, says a National Park Service spokesperson.

Bear gallbladers can fetch a high price on the black market.

Park rangers don't know if the cub was killed in a park or killed elsewhere and then dumped in the park. Anyone with information is being asked to call the National Park Service.

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