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Cash reward increases in case of decapitated bear

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The reward in the case of a decapitated black bear in St. Croix (KROY) County has more than tripled.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, someone illegally shot the bear while it was hibernating in a culvert near Star Prairie in February. The DNR says it was dragged to another location and decapitated. The bear was found in the town of Somerset.

The Star Prairie Fish & Game organization originally offered a $500 cash reward. In recent weeks the Mid-State Houndsmen Association, the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and private parties have increased the reward to $1,750.

The reward is for tips that lead to a conviction. Tips should be made to the DNR.

Wardens say the bear was around 300 pounds, so more than one person was likely involved.

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