Someone dumped a dead bear off a city-owned parking lot in Duluth’s Morley Heights neighborhood that was discovered by multiple people Friday.

Minnesota Conservation Officer Kipp Duncan was called to the scene Friday and is investigating but said Saturday that it's not clear how or where the animal was killed.

“Right now the only crime we know for sure is littering. It was dumped there illegally,’’ Duncan said. “It is bear season and we just don’t know yet the whole story why or how it ended up there.”

Duncan said the carcass was found near a popular trail and reported by several people. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Duncan at 218-348-9401 or the Minnesota TIP hotline at 800-652-9093.

Minnesota’s bear season started Sept. 1 and ends Oct. 17. The DNR estimates about 3,000 bears will be killed by hunters during the season. The state has an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 black bears.