Man Charged With Killing a Black Bear and Her Cubs

( — Law enforcement officers in Colorado arrested a man on Saturday in connection with the illegal killing of a black bear and her two cubs in the Rocky Mountains just hours from Denver, the Associated Press reported.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a press release that the bodies of the three bears were found last Friday on state land. The agency learned of the illegal killings from anonymous reports and posts on social media.

On Saturday, wildlife officers obtained a warrant and searched a nearby home, where they discovered evidence that the bears had been shot there on September 25.

According to CBS News, Parks and Wildlife officers arrested Paul Stromberg, 52, and charged him with illegal destruction of wildlife, a felony, as well as killing wildlife without a license, possession and waste of game meat, and other misdemeanors.

The agency did not say what led them to suspect Stromberg, and the investigation is ongoing.

Stromberg was taken to Fremont County Jail to be booked and was released on a $10,000 bond.

Bill Vogrin, a spokesman with Parks and Wildlife, said in the press release that anyone illegally injuring or killing wildlife faces up to six months in jail and must pay surcharges and fines of $750 to as much as $13,000.

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