(NOTICE: THIS IS NOT THE BEAR THAT WAS SIGHTED IN NATCEZ RECENTLY)
A New Iberia man and his juvenile son were found guilty in 16 th Judicial District court in Iberia Parish for the 2015 killing of a Louisiana black bear near Weeks Island. Judge Gregory Aucoin sentenced Elie Dupre, 60, 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. 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. 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 it provided researchers with valuable information on black bear populations, productivity and population viability in the state of Louisiana.
Assistant District Attorney Angelique Narcisse prosecuted the case for the state.