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Collier County man charged in black bear's death

News Release

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers arrested a Golden Gate Estates man early Tuesday morning and charged him with two felonies relating to the death of a Florida black bear.

Ryan G. Toranzo (DOB 03/17/85) of Naples is charged with wounding or killing a species designated as endangered, threatened or of special concern, and with animal cruelty. Both offenses are felonies. He also is facing a misdemeanor charge for discharging a firearm in public.

The FWC was called to 3645 18 Ave., S.E. in Naples at 11 p.m. Monday, soon after the Collier County Sheriff's Office responded and found the carcass of an approximately 400-pound bear. Based on preliminary statements made and evidence collected at the scene, FWC investigators believe Toranzo shot at the bear and used his truck to pursue the bear. A necropsy (animal autopsy) will determine the bear's cause of death.

"There are things you can do to reduce bear conflicts and prevent situations from escalating," said Dave Telesco, FWC Bear Management Program coordinator. "The FWC is here to help."

"If you have a bear problem, there are procedures in place to address it," said FWC Capt. Jayson Horadam. "Because of these alleged extreme actions, this individual now faces serious penalties, including thousands of dollars in fines and up to five years in jail."

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