NAVARRE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the apparent shooting death of a black bear that was found in the back yard of a Navarre home on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Garrett arrived at her home on Casa De Oro Street in Navarre on Wednesday afternoon, when she noticed a bear that she thought was "sleeping" in her back yard.

"He was just lying in the grass," Garrett said. "I thought he was sleeping, but he was shot and dead."

Garrett said the bear — which had been shot in the stomach — could have been there overnight, because she did not check her back yard Wednesday morning.

She posted a video of the dead bear on a local Facebook page in hopes someone will come forward with information on who shot the bear. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission went to the home to retrieve the dead bear, Garrett said.

Garrett said she was told they would be conducting an official investigation.

According to the FWC's website, killing a bear is a misdemeanor, which can result in fines up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail for a first offense. 

Prior offenses can result in higher penalties, with imprisonment up to 1 year, a fine of up to $1,000 and suspension of recreational hunting and fishing licensing privileges.

"It's sad, you know?" Garrett said. "It's not their fault that we're cutting down their habitat."

View a video by  Elizabeth Felicia Garrett

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