Marion Co. man gets 30 days for killing black bear

Published On: Nov 15 2012 09:09:52 AM EST
J.C. Calton

Marion County Sheriff's Office booking photo of J.C. Calton

OCALA, Fla. -

A north Florida man who killed a black bear has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Records show that 48-year-old J.C. Calton was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges. Calton must also surrender his bow to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and pay a $250 fine.

FWC officers reported finding a large bear that had been killed with a broadhead arrow in the Ocala National Forest on Aug. 26. The body appeared to have been dragged by a vehicle. The officer's followed the path back to Calton's home, where the officers found a pool of dried blood and leftover corn and dog food.

The officers say Calton admitted to luring the bear to his yard the previous night and then shooting it with a bow and arrow.

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