A black bear was shot and killed out of season in Wayne County this week, prompting a state Game Commission investigation. Credit: Getty Images A black bear was shot and killed out of season in Wayne County this week, prompting a state Game Commission investigation.
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The Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to figure out who shot and killed a black bear in Wayne County.

 

The black bear was found dead near Branning Road in Berlin Township on Wednesday, the Times-Tribune reports.

 

Investigators believe the 550-pound bear likely was shot on Tuesday. There were no signs the bear had been struck by a car and shot in a mercy kill.

 

A state Game Commission officer told the Scranton paper it was "pursuing leads" as it searched for the bear killer.

 

Killing a bear out of season in Pennsylvania carries a maximum fine of $6,500 and the potential for up to 120 days in jail.