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New Iberia Father and Son Found Guilty in Killing of Louisiana Black Bear

Jul 06, 2018 12:31PM ● By News Desk

A New Iberia man and his juvenile son were found guilty in the 16th Judicial District court in Iberia Parish for the 2015 killing of a Louisiana black bear near Weeks Island.

Judge Gregory Aucoin sentenced 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.

The juvenile son of Elie Dupre was found guilty for taking a bear during a closed season after he fatally shot a Louisiana black bear back in November of 2015. Judge Aucoin 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.

The 250 pound, nine year old 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, researchers were provided with valuable information on black bear populations, productivity, and population viability in the state of Louisiana.