Dec 22, 2011 11:21 AM by Lauren Wilson
A New Iberia man who pled guilty to illegally shooting and decapitating a black bear has now been sentenced. Cory R. Ronsonet, 39, went to Federal Western District Court in Lafayette on Dec. 21 being sentenced to three years of supervised probation, three years of no hunting privileges, a $3,000 fine and 300 hours of community service. If the fine is paid and community service completed within six weeks, then the probation will be reduced to unsupervised.
After getting a public tip in 2008-09, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents initiated the investigation about the black bear. Agents found a black bear skin and its decapitated head on May 19, 2011 off of Daniel Lane near a subdivision in New Iberia.
During the investigation, Ronsonet admitted to taking the black bear. Ronsonet pleaded guilty for violating the federal endangered species act for illegally taking a black bear in Federal Western District Court in Lafayette on Aug. 17.
The bear had been a part of LDWF's black bear program where it was first tagged in 2000 and estimated to be six years old at the time. The passive integrated transponder implanted during the initial capture was left in the hide when the bear was skinned and provided positive identification.
The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992. Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.