Asheville, N.C. -- State wildlife officials don't know who or why someone dumped a bear carcass in Buncombe County but they need your help to get to the bottom of it.
They found the bear marked in white paint on a road with the words "Whats Bruin" written across the head and "W-H-A-T" across the claws on the right paw and "B-R-U-I-N" on the left paw.
Lt. Tim Sisk with the Wildlife Commission said they plan to vigorously pursue the case, "Such actions cast a negative light on hunters and harm conservation efforts. We certainly want to determine the motives, as well as the other circumstances, as to how this bear ended up like this."
Right now the state is in the process of prosecuting cases from Operation Something Bruin focused on the illegal poaching of bears and other wildlife. According to the department 10 people were convicted earlier this month in connection with the case stemming from an undercover investigation in North Carolina and Georgia.
A reward of $3,000 is being offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. If you have any information call 1-800-662-7137.