Justice for Beloved Black Bear Cub Reportedly Shot to Death

Target: Stephen B. Russell, State Attorney, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Florida

Goal: Seek felony charges against man accused of killing and failing to report death of black bear cub.

A defenseless black bear cub reportedly lost his life simply for roaming.  Florida’s Kyle Stevens is accused of shooting and killing the cub after the young bear wandered into his yard.  This bear was hardly a fearsome intruder. In fact, the cub had become such a community fixture that residents had named him Bailey.

Despite the fact that animal cruelty can carry a felony charge in Florida, Stevens only faces second-degree misdemeanor charges. This man also allegedly broke another law by failing to notify the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission following the shooting. According to the director of the region’s Humane Society, this apparent lack of reporting “prolonged the suffering of this young animal.”  The advocate goes on to say: “the prosecutor must charge Stevens with aggravated animal cruelty for this unwarranted act and make it clear to Floridians that this action will not be tolerated,”

Sign the petition below to join in the calls for a proper penalty in this act of alleged cruelty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Russell,

“An act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering”: this phrase defines the felony act of Intentional Animal Cruelty, according to Florida statutes. Would a man who allegedly shot and killed a community fixture bear cub for no apparent good reason fit this criteria? What if the man in question failed to report the incident, as required by Florida law, thus potentially increasing the suffering of the young animal?

Kyle Stevens stands accused of committing these exact crimes. Yet despite the circumstances, Mr. Stevens only faces second-degree misdemeanor charges. Such a glaring oversight emblemizes why advocates are working diligently to strengthen legal protections for this state’s vulnerable animals.

Please remedy this seeming injustice. Charge Kyle Stevens with Intentional Animal Cruelty and, in the fitting words of the Humane Society, “make it clear to Floridians that this action will not be tolerated.”

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: USFWS Orsulak

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18 Comments

  1. Patrick Butler says:

    This is unbelievably stupid, cruel, and mean. Jerk needs to pay big time for this egregious act!

  2. Jeffrey A. Klatzkow is the County Attorney and represents the Board of County Commissioners. You are looking at targeting the State Attorney’s Office. They are the ones who handle prosecution matters. This is completely out of Mr. Klatzkow jurisdiction, and he will be no assistance in this matter whatsoever.

  3. Ellis Toscano says:

    Jackass.

  4. Stop killing animals people.

  5. Jaime Perez says:

    I am so sick of hearing about stupid, braindead assholes who think it’s ok to cold bloodedly murder animals. This was a baby for hells sake you deplorable piece of excrement Kyle Stevens!

  6. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Charge this man with FELONY ANIMAL ABUSE, which this clearly is. There was NO reason for him to shoot this bear cub, who presented no danger. He must also be REPORTED for failing to alert Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Totally UNACCEPTABLE.

  7. Stop killing animals and go after PROTESTERS!

  8. Debra Broach says:

    Isnt it something that people cant be shot for intruding, taking, and destroying the land that animals be on. The land that they were on first until humanity comes along and ruins everything for the poor animals then make it seem.like its the animals fault for wandering into their own territory. Yeah ok. Lock that imbacile up and throw away the key.

  9. Charleen Murphy says:

    that’s so fucked up!! someone must be deranged and an evil psycho to do this to a beautiful little sweet defenseless black bear!!! hope they get shot at least a dozen times and slo
    wly die this lowlife scum!!! I would do it if I found them

  10. Another vile and evil lowlife animal torturing murdering monster from hell Kyle Stevens who must be put to death for deliberately torturing and murdering a precious and innocent baby bear named Bailey. RIP precious baby bear Bailey.
    I am absolutely sickened by the unimaginable deliberate torture and murder that these sick monster arseholes like this evil bastard Kyle Stevens who deliberately torture and murder precious and innocent animals and wildlife.
    All animal torturers and animal murderers must be put to death. This must be introduced into the Animal Protection Laws. It is the only way that these animal torturing murdering monster from hell can be stopped from committing their sadism and evilness against the precious and innocent animals and wildlife.Kill them all slowly.

    • Jonathan White says:

      Fully agree with your comments.
      These psychotic bastards need a taste of their own medicine.
      I am not violent but would like just 15 minutes each with these shitbags to teach them the error of their ways.
      I guarantee the bastards would be begging me to put them out of their misery.
      These assholes need to be made an example of.

  11. Elysee Forrest-Price says:

    PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!!! THE MAN IS A MURDERER…PUT HIM AWAY BEFORE HE DOES IT AGAIN.

  12. This piece of human garbage needs to be charged to the fullest extent of the law – the “authorities “ that let him off so lightly should be charged also.

  13. The only good hunter is a dead one! Hunt the hunters and turn these vile,deranged bastards into compost!

  14. What a useless piece of shit this asshole is – who in the hell can take it upon themselves to shoot a baby. God we can only wish that the same thing had happened to you and maybe still will – you don’t deserve to walk this planet you prick of a person.

  15. Surely this sorry excuse for a man will be punished for such barbarism —-The only way to stop abuse is to make laws that prohibit this behavior and to punish to the full extent of those laws.

  16. Kathleen I Nagy-DeRosa says:

    Sickening. Revisit your decision, only now do the RIGHT thing and make an example of this POS. What the hell are you people afraid of when it comes to punishing these damn abusers and barbaric dirtbags that commit crimes against animals? Get your heads out of your a$$es and be the voice for those that have none. Shameful.

  17. james waldo says:

    Shoot this peice of shit dead and wood chips him for bear feed. Amen gracias

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