Mitch Yeargin, a DNR wildlife ranger, explains the use of a paintball gun to scare bears away from homes. Yeargin said this is one of the worst summers he can remember for bear calls. The DNR ranger said he had three more bears calls to respond to Tuesday after leaving the Progress where he discussed a problem bear with a newspaper employee. Yeargin theorized that there must not be much natural forage for the bears this year.
Pickens resident Judy Gardner said the citation the Georgia DNR issued her for illegally hunting out of season is completely unfounded, and that
she had no intentions of killing the black bear she felt was threatening her safety.
But representatives with the DNR said agents went easy on her, issuing just a citation and not taking more severe action.
Read the print or online editions for comments from both Gardner and the DNR.