The intact carcass was found wrapped in a tarp, by a woman passing by on Monday afternoon.
A necropsy revealed the female bear had been shot, but it's unclear whether it was hunted or simply killed, perhaps because it was a backyard nuisance.
B.C. Conservation officer Sgt. Kevin Van Damme says killing black bears in spring near Kamloops is not illegal, as long as you have a valid hunting license.
But he notes dumping the edible parts of any animal is illegal and carries a maximum fine of up to $50,000 and a term in prison of up to six months in prison.