New Iberia father and son found guilty in 2015 killing of Louisiana black bear

Posted at 2:46 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 15:46:14-04

A New Iberia man and his juvenile son were found guilty for the 2015 killing of a Louisiana black bear near Weeks Island.

A Judge in 16th Judicial District court in Iberia Parish sentenced 60-year-old Elie Dupre of New Iberia, to pay $2,500 in civil restitution for delinquency of a juvenile for his role in his son’s illegal taking of a Louisiana black bear.

Dupre’s son was found guilty for taking a bear during a closed season after he fatally shot a Louisiana black bear back in November of 2015.  The judge in the case sentenced the juvenile to serve 100 hours of community service, suspended his hunting privileges for one year, and ordered him to retake a hunter’s education course.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited Dupre and his son on June 23, 2017, for their roles in the illegal shooting of a Louisiana black bear. Read that story here

The nine-year-old, 250-pound female black bear was part of a long-term monitoring program and wore a tracking collar.  Over the eight years the bear wore the tracking collar, LDWF says it provided researchers with information on black bear populations, productivity and population viability in the state of Louisiana.