Franklin, Pa. — Pennsylvania Game Commission officials recently
announced that, based on their investigation, no charges will be
filed against James Moore for killing a bear on Oct. 9.
“This is an unfortunate incident that resulted in the loss of a
valuable wildlife resource,” said wildlife conservation officer
Lawrence Hergenroeder, who conducted the probe.
“My investigation determined that Mr. Moore shot the 149-pound male
black bear once with his compound bow and arrow, striking it on the
right side as it was proceeding down a gas line road that would
have taken it immediately in front of Mr. Moore and his
“The bear was about 10 yards away when shot by Mr. Moore.
Moore indicated that the bear was popping its jaws and approaching
him and his daughter, causing him to fear for their safety, the
“The bear did not respond to Mr. Moore waving his arms or yelling,
so he shot the bear and immediately called the Game Commission
Northwest Region Office, Hergenroeder said.
“Based on the facts, I believe that Mr. Moore was in fear for both
his safety and that of his daughter. Therefore, I will not be
Following Moore’s call to the Game Commission, officer Hergenroeder
was assisted in locating the bear carcass by other commission