Panhandle Resident Kills Threatened Species

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Authorities say a Florida Panhandle resident shot and killed a black bear that was feeding near his home.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman says the agency is investigating the December 29th shooting. The Florida black bear is a threatened species, and the man who shot it could face criminal charges.

Officials say the bear had climbed a six-foot-tall fence and was destroying a pigeon cage to get at bird seed.

A neighbor had named the bear that had snacked on bird seed on her Navarre property Garcia after the late Grateful Dead guitarist and singer.

Meanwhile, authorities have trapped another Florida black bear that had been pawing through trash in Holley By The Sea. The 200 pound male bear was moved yesterday to Mud Swamp in Apalachicola, where state wildlife officials take nuisance wildlife.