Wildlife officers investigate black bear killed in Nicholas County

CARLISLE, KY. (WKYT) - Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers are trying to find the people responsible for killing a black bear and dumping it on the side of the road in Nicholas County.

The smell of decay is heavy along Old Maysville Road. Police say it was that smell, and the buzzards circling overhead, that lead them to the body of a black bear on Sunday. They believe it was dropped onto the side of the road a few days before it was discovered.

Because bear season isn't until December, they're searching for the people responsible.

People living nearby hope they find them.

"We were really surprised at the size of it," said Edgar Day, who owns the property where the bear was found.

He says while the type of carcass was surprising, the fact that one was dumped on his property wasn't.

"They use it for dumping trash, deer carcasses, whenever they remodel homes there's a big pile of carpet down there," he said.

Day says there are only three homes past his on the dead end road, but he still sees a fair amount of traffic, and a surprising amount of garbage.

"A lot of people don't want to pay to have it done, they'll just load it up and bring it down here and throw it over the bank."

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers are investigating the killing. Carlisle Police and the Nicholas County Sheriff are helping out. They're hoping someone will come forward with tips as to who killed this bear.

The person responsible could be fined, jailed, and have to give up any weapon used in the crime.

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