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78-year-old woman charged for killing bear accidentally


    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.





James Robison
-1 #11 James Robison 2013-07-27 07:48
Black bears CAN be aggressive. Nationally, guess which type of bear is also most likely to eat a human? Yes, the black bear.

The idea that wildlife has a "right" over humans is juvenile. Bears are once again extending their territory because of population increases. In doing so they are forcing other predators to leave their own. If humans are somehow responsible, and should give way to the bears, then the bears should do the same for the coyotes, and other established predators.

If one believes that bears cannot be aggressive, try refusing one, that is trying to eat your pet, their meal. I doubt that the results would do justice to either Yogi, or Boo-Boo.

The DNR is REQUIRED to enforce law. Don't like that, then change the law, don't whine about the people charged with enforcing them.

Don't leave garbage where the bears can get to it. Don't let your pets wander at night, either.
David Hodges
0 #12 David Hodges 2013-07-28 04:23
Can someone please explain To me just exactly when we as southerners decided to allow the northern bunny huggers to move down south and dectate the way we are
gonna live our lives. The thought that any living human beinv would ever put the value of the lifd of a wild animal on a higher level than a human just amazes me. Thats not the way life works people, man is atop of the food chain. I myself will go ahead and lay it out there.. If a black bear is anywhere in the vacinity of my wife, my kids, my pet, or myself and i feel like the bear is showing aggression i too will make it a.bad bad day for Mr. Bear
+1 #13 NotaBearLover 2013-07-28 17:38
My private property is posted No Trespassing. This including all the bears that the State of Georgia says it owns. Unless the animnal have a notarized note signed by me granting it permission to be on my private property, stay off of my private property and there will be no problems as decribed in this article.

Self defense of oneself and one's property is a God given right. No bear or other public animal on my private property is going to deciate what I can do on my private property.
+2 #14 PickensBloodandSoil 2013-07-29 16:07
My family has a story of a great-uncle who, at the age of six, woke up to a black bear rooting in his family's cabbage patch and dropped it with a .22 LR at 100 yards. Much like Mrs Gardner, he was only trying to scare it off and hadn't expected to hit, let alone kill it. Unlike her, he did this in the 1940's when removal of nuisance animals was seen as an act of good citizenship.

Mistake #1 was self-incriminat ion. NEVER call the police out for anything less than a fire, serious injury or death (maybe not even that, depending...) If they can find a reason to make you pay for their trip there's a very good chance they will, so why take the risk?

Best option would have been handle it "mountain-style " and turn all the evidence into stew. That, or plant some skittles and a hoodie at the crime scene and tell the DNR that it wasn't one of their bears, just some lowlife reincarnated into a sweet innocent black youth.
+2 #15 PickensBloodandSoil 2013-07-29 17:08
@ Shaun Cullen: bears and coyotes don't usually eat live deer. Bears prefer to forage, and when they or coyotes do eat meat they usually go after carrion or smaller, slower animals (pets, livestock, small children, etc).

@ "Woodsman": My family has been farming and living in this area since 1796 (longer than that if you count our Cherokee roots) and we sure as Hell weren't worried about the "rights" of all the animals that we to kill to make this area safe for urban sophisticates like you.

There used to be wolves and panthers in these parts along with the bears and coyotes. Have you seen any recently? You're welcome.

Do you live in a Teepee? Do you have to fight for or defend your food source against other creatures that might want to take it, or do you let Tyson Poulty and Ronald McDonald do all of that for you?

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