Washington game wardens are asking for public help to figure out who cut the head and feet off a black bear found late last week in western Klickitat County.
They say the carcass was discovered by a citizen on Dec. 12 along DNR Road H2221, a logging road on state timberland off Johnson Road north of Lyle.
Responding to the scene, Officer Quintin Nelson located an estimated 175-pound sow that had had its head and all four paws cut off “with a sharp object.”
“No signs of trauma, like road rash or a gunshot wound, was found,” WDFW Police reported.
Roughly 80 feet away from the carcass was a cardboard box full of tomatoes, a bag of avacadoes and two quart-sized containers of cream with an expiration date of the end of November.
“Scat piles were also found near the tree,” WDFW Police stated.
Fall bear hunting season ended in mid-November statewide.
Bear paws are considered a delicacy in some cultures.
Tipsters are being asked to call (360) 902-2936 and choose option 1, go to wdfw.wa.gov and click on “Report a violation”, or text WDFWTIP to 847411.
“Those who provide information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward or bonus points for special permit hunting opportunities,” officers say.