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August 15, 2013

Seven arrested in black bear cases

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in cooperation with the South Carolina Attorney General’s office has made seven arrests after a four year investigation into illegal black bear activities.
           
DNR officers executed arrest warrants across the Upstate for multiple charges relating to illegal taking of bears 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. These violations have penalties that range in fines from $500 to $2,500, and/or jail time that range from 30 days to two years of incarceration.
           
The seven individuals that have been arrested and charged are: Charles Claude Blowers,
David Winston Brown, Ty Cooper Mills, Thomas Elliot Mann, Jason Russell Sullivan,
Wesley Caylor Hedden, and Sherwood L. Patterson.
           
DNR Law Enforcement continues to investigate illegal black bear activities.


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