- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Iberia man has been cited for allegedly killing a Louisiana black bear on Feb. 28 in St. Mary Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents received a call from a hunting group that 52-year-old Richard A. Picard Jr. illegally shot and killed a 5-year-old male Louisiana black bear while he was hog hunting.

Picard was hunting with a group near Cypremort Point when he shot a 350 pound bear. The department, in a news release Thursday, said Picard claims to have mistakenly identified the black bear as a wild hog.

Killing a Louisiana Black Bear brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Picard also faces up to $10,000 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the black bear.

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