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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Daleville, Pa, 3D
Man discharges gun after bear approaches 2-yr-old
<a href="http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/man-discharges-gun-after-bear-approaches-2-year-old-1.1166861#axzz1QIF5VXi1" target="_blank">A Tobyhanna man will not face charges from the state Game Commission after discharging a firearm in a residential area in order to scare away a bear on Wednesday.
Wayne Darmand heard a group of children screaming in the backyard of a residence at 6329 Ventnor Drive in Pocono Country Place just after 2 p.m., Pocono Mountain Regional Police said.
Mr. Darmand saw a black bear approaching a 2-year-old girl, who had candy in her hand. He ran home for a handgun and returned to a yard adjacent from the girl and the bear. Trying to scare off the bear, Mr. Darmand fired into the ground. The bear walked away, but returned toward the girl, prompting Mr. Darmand to fire again. When the bear still did not retreat, Mr. Darmand fired in the bear's direction. Finally, the bear left.
Tim Conway, information and education supervisor for the northeast region with the Game Commission, said the agency had two officers respond to the situation. They saw the bear several times after the incident, and it did not appear to be injured. Efforts to reach Mr. Darmand were unsuccessful Friday.
"They're just looking for food," Mr. Conway said of the bear. "I hate to tell people that they're not a threat, because every animal - wild or domestic - can be a threat any time. But black bears in Pennsylvania are used to living around people."
He did say, however, he wouldn't support reacting as Mr. Darmand did.
"I wouldn't advise discharging a firearm in that area at all. Throw a rake, broom or rock at the animal. I'm sure he thought that (it was necessary), but it's not necessarily the place to be discharging a firearm," Mr. Conway s.