ASHEVILLE, N.C. (FOX Carolina) -- An Asheville organization that focuses on protecting bears in the area says a person who reportedly put a political sticker on a bear has apologized - saying it was in protest.
Originally, Help Asheville Bears (HAB) took to social media, asking for help finding who was responsible for putting a Trump 2020 sticker on the tracking collar of a black bear that was spotted by a resident.
HAB was offering a $5,000 reward for any information.
On August 4, the organization announced that the person responsible had apologized. They said the person told them the sticker was placed "in protest of the unnecessary, excessive tagging and collaring of wild bears who suffer enough through North Carolina's hunting season."
HAB says no reward was paid because the good Samaritan who reported the individual "did so because they love bears."
The person responsible reportedly promised HAB that they won't have any contact with bears in the future.