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      Officials looking for information about bear poaching incident

      A female black bear was found dead of a shotgun wound near a hunting blind on public land in Cleon Township. Witnesses said the bear was killed around 5:30 p.m.

      The Department of Natural Resources is looking for information about a bear poaching incident that took place Saturday evening in Manistee County.

      A female black bear was found dead of a shotgun wound near a hunting blind on public land in Cleon Township. Witnesses said the bear was killed around 5:30 p.m.

      The DNR believes three cubs were orphaned as a result of the poaching, although the cubs were never located.

      Officers are looking to interview a white male who was spotted at the scene on Saturday. He is believed to have been involved in the poaching.

      He is described as 5'8"-5'10" tall with a thin build. He has facial hair and left the scene in a dark-colored pickup truck.

      Poaching bear carries a $1,500 restitution payment per bear, a minimum $200 fine and jail time up to 90 days. A violators hunting privileges may also be suspended for up to three years.

      Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the DNR's Report All Poaching line at 1-800-292-7800 or at www.michigan.gov/conservation officers. Cash rewards leading to the arrest and conviction may be available.