Killing a bear in Louisiana carries federal and state penalties that can include heavy fines and even jail time. Know your target!


Know your target!

The BBCC reminds hunters that both bear and feral hog populations have increased. Target identification is a critical factor in hunter safety and a basic component of legal game harvest.

Killing a bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act. Violators are subject to penalties of up to $50,000 and 6 months in jail. In addition, a civil restitution fine of $10,000 per bear will be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

Cash rewards up to $5,000 are offered for information leading to the arrest of any individuals harming a black bear, and callers will remain anonymous.

Call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511.