Florida Man Charges With Killing BearWCTV, Bear Hunting Magazine
54-year-old Larry Joe Colson, of Apalachicola, Florida went to jail last week after he was charged with killing a black bear.
Mr. Colson turned himself in at the county jail in Port St. Joe after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators told him they had an arrest warrant for him. He had reportedly admitted to officers he shot a bear on his Gulf County, Florida hunting lease January 17.
He is being charged with intentionally killing a threatened species, a Florida black bear.
The charge is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and up to a $5,000 fine.
"Initially, uniformed patrol officers received information that someone claimed to have killed a Florida panther on private property in Gulf County," said FWC investigator Steve Thomas. "They made an on-site visit January 20th to the property where the incident supposedly occurred, and at first, they did not find anything.
"They returned on January 22 and found the remains of an adult male bear. Colson was identified as a suspect, was interviewed and admitted shooting the bear. Thomas said no panther remains were found during the visits to the property and that officers seized Colson's Remington .30-06 rifle as evidence.