A 30-year-old Lettsworth man who admitted shooting a Louisiana black bear because he said he thought it was a hog was ordered to pay $10,250 in civil restitution and attorney fees, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Administrative law Judge John Herke revoked the hunting and fishing licenses of Ronald J. Kimble until he pays the assessed restitution of $10,000 and attorney fees totaling $250 for the Nov. 26, 2017 incident in Concordia Parish, the release states.
According to an LDWF investigation, biologists received a mortality signal from a radio collar known to be on a female black bear in the area, and agents located the origin of the radio signal and found the dead bear wearing the collar. The bear had been shot twice with a large caliber weapon, the release states.
Kimble was ultimately arrested in the case on Jan. 9 of this year, and he was booked with one count of taking a bear during a closed season and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the release. He admitted to shooting the bear, but told investigators he thought it was a wild hog.