A 39-year-old New Iberia man faces a fine of up to $100,000 and a year in prison in the illegal killing of a Louisiana black bear.

The skin and decapitated head were found by wildlife agents near a New Iberia subdivision in May.

Cory R. Ronsonet pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one count of violating the endangered species act.

The investigation dates back to the 2008 hunting season, when the  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries began investigating a tip that a black bear had been shot and that its skin had been stored for mounting.

The bear was estimated to be about 6-years-old when it was first tagged by state agents in 2000

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