A female black bear being used in a research project has been found dead, the victim of an archer's arrow.

The bear was killed in an area of the Diamond Fork drainage east of Springville that has been closed for nine years, the Division of Wildlife Resources said.The bear was a study animal of Brigham Young University student Steve Bates of Price, a master's-degree candidate in wildlife science. He is conducting a bear study for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

"Leaving the bear's body is kind of an indication they know the area's closed to hunting," said Bates, who found the body.

Bates said the bear had a cub, whose chance of survival is now decreased.