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500 lb.bear shot for crop damage!

My son called and said a Fayette county resident shot a 500 lb bear for crop damage.This is the 4th bear that this guy has killed for crop damage. This is sad, this fella only has a garden. Crop damage? This happened in the Chalk hill area off of 40.
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Re: 500 lb.bear shot for crop damage!

prove it's only a garden
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post #3 of 125 (permalink) Old 09-25-2012, 02:23 AM
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Re: 500 lb.bear shot for crop damage!

If it is only a garden the WCO will cite him.

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post #4 of 125 (permalink) Old 09-25-2012, 02:40 AM
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Re: 500 lb.bear shot for crop damage!

yeah and there is also more to just saying "crop damage" animal has to be taking care of and game commission notified etc.. not a fan of "crop damage" for most its an excuse just to shoot things. Love how in most areas some people act like they animals absolutely devestate there crops.
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Re: 500 lb.bear shot for crop damage!

I have seen first hand what one bear can do to a couple acres of corn. Would not bother me if the person killed the bear because it damaged his livelyhood.
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Re: 500 lb.bear shot for crop damage!

If that's the case but what i'm saying is 95% of the time that's not the case. also plenty of other ways to get rid of that bear . a scare shot or traps being one. Then a sportsman could have a shot at it rather then some guy just shooting it .
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If that's the case but what i'm saying is 95% of the time that's not the case. also plenty of other ways to get rid of that bear . a scare shot or traps being one. Then a sportsman could have a shot at it rather then some guy just shooting it .
95% of the time you say? Where is your data to back that up? If this bear was shot, I'm sure the PGC is looking into it, no need to jump to conclusions based one post.

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Re: 500 lb.bear shot for crop damage!

Is there any sort of published article telling the story, or is it just hearsay at this point?

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Re: 500 lb.bear shot for crop damage!

It doesent always work like that. Here in Md. we have a poltical bear hunt that doesent take care of the problem. 1 bear can be worse than a dozen deer in a corn field. Have a farmer buddy say how would you like someone to come in your home and steal 30k?
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If that's the case but what i'm saying is 95% of the time that's not the case. also plenty of other ways to get rid of that bear . a scare shot or traps being one. Then a sportsman could have a shot at it rather then some guy just shooting it .
I live here in town and we have bear problems constantly. Their in the garbage, garbage dumpsters whatever they can get into, and there's not a bird feeder on the street everyone agreed to remove them.
Let me say this to your warning shots I have the rubber shot shells from the PGC and they don't work. The bears just keep coming back like nothing ever happened. The PGC had barrels traps set and caught nothing, pulled em out and we still have the bear problem.
Last bear season I hunted all day only to pull into my drive way to find a bear in my garbage. If it wasn't illegal to discharge a firearm in our town limits he'd be dead.
Sometimes the only way to deal with the problem is by shooting them, especially when they damage property or lively hood.
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