SC: Seven arrested in connection with black bear hunting
August 16, 2013
PICKENS COUNTY—Seven area residents have been arrested after a
four year investigation into what authorities are calling illegal
black bear activity.
According to Officials with the South
Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the South
Carolina Attorney General’s office, the seven men with various
crimes including baiting and killing black bears.
arrested include: Charles Claude Blowers, David Winston Brown, Ty
Cooper Mills, Thomas Elliot Mann, Jason Russell Sullivan, Wesley
Caylor Hedden and Sherwood Lanier Patterson.
The seven men
face charges such as baiting bear, killing an undersized bear,
killing a bear sow with cubs, trespassing, Wildlife Management land
abuse, hunting license violations, distribution of marijuana, and
conspiracy to violate South Carolina game laws.
violations could result in fines from $500 to $2,500, and/or jail
time ranging from 30 days to two years of incarceration.
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