B.C.'s Conservation Officer Service is investigating after a 400 pound black bear was found lying dead on the front lawn of a residential property in the Garibaldi Highlands of Squamish.

The service confirms that it believes someone illegally shot the bear sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. PT on April 20 and the animal travelled up to 300 metres before it collapsed and died.

The bear was discovered around 5 a.m. and the service says it believes someone was deliberately targeting it.

While the bullet that killed the bear has been retrieved, conservation officers are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the Ministry of Environment's Report All Poachers and Polluters or RAPP line.