BANNER ELK, N.C. (WJHL) – An organization dedicated to helping bears in North Carolina has offered a reward after multiple bears were spotted in the Banner Elk area without limbs.
According to a post from Help Asheville Bears, a bear was reported with a missing front leg.
The organization is asking everyone in the area to spread the word to help find the person or persons responsible for the injury.
The post also says another bear was spotted with a missing limb in the same area, this one different from the one in the picture provided by HAB.
Anyone who spots these injured bears is asked to contact the organization.
If you are aware of any illegal trapping or poaching of bears, HAB says there is a $10,000 reward for anonymous tips.
HAB says there have been 15 confirmed bears with missing limbs within a 90-mile radius of Asheville, North Carolina.
The organization has also directed supporters to an online petition to stop the sale of foot holds and leg traps intended to capture and harm bears.
The petition has more than 110,000 signatures as of 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday. To view the petition, click here.