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Bear Invasion Leaves One Goat Dead

By: Gary Parker Email
By: Gary Parker Email

Carrabelle, FL -- August 24m 2011 --

Oreo the goat is not herself today. She didn't even eat her doughnut. She's been skittish since a bear killed her mother. Juanita Brown wanted to kill the bear but didn't.

"I mean I could've shot him this morning because he was sitting right there eating on my goat; I could've shot him; I had a clear shot. I'd be put in jail. There's no way I could shoot that bear; they'd lock me up."

Brown is a great-grandmother. She once killed a bear after it broke into her home. She wasn't charged.

It's illegal to hunt bear in Florida. but Brown believes the law should be changed.

"If a man tried to come in and shoot my animals out here, I could shoot that man. But if a bear comes and get my animals, I cannot touch that bear," Brown says.

Adam Warwick is an FWC Biologist helping Brown trap the bear
He says it's not unusual to see more bears at this time of year

Adam Warwick / FWC Wildlife Biologist @43
"At this time of year, bears are trying to pack on more calories; they're eating about 20,000 calories a day, trying to get ready for winter when not as much food is available."

Warwick says there are better ways than killing to stop bear invasions.

"The way we do that is bear-proof garbage cans and electric fencing ground stuff that you want to protect," he says.

Brown worries that's not enough.

"Some child is going to get killed by a bear"

If you have a bear problem, you can call the FWC at (850) 265-3677. After hours, you can call (888) 404-3922.


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