Roxbury Man Cited for Killing Bear

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A Roxbury man has been cited for taking a bear in closed season on June 3, 2006.

William A. Partlow, 49, allegedly shot and killed the bear after Vermont State Game Warden Keith Gallant had warned him earlier to remove his bird feeders and that he could not shoot a bear coming to a bird feeder.

During the investigation after the bear was shot, Warden Gallant says he discovered a bird feeder, thistle seed and bread were present. An autopsy of the bear revealed its stomach contained thistle seed and bread.

Vermont law prohibits a property owner from shooting a bear other than during bear hunting season if a person has intentionally put out bait or food, including in a bird feeder. A person who does so, faces a fine of up to $1,000 and loss of hunting and fishing licenses for one year.

To learn about black bears, go to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) and look in the Library section for the Black Bear Factsheet.