FWC: Sheriff's Office Wasn't Authorized To Shoot Black Bear

Black Bear Killed By Deputies

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued a report on the deadly shooting of a black bear in Royal Palm Beach by Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies.

It states that PBSO was not authorized by the FWC to kill the bear.

The agency said the bear "was to be left alone and monitored from a distance so it could find a new home/habitat." But once it climbed down from a tree, deputies fired, with a sheriff's lieutenant saying he had been given approval to kill the bear.

Also, a bear expert in the report notes that although bears are rare to Palm Beach County, June is the start of black bear mating season in Florida.

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