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Bear cub was roadkill, not poached


        Buddy Callahan, who works near the Hwy. 136 Connector where the bear was killed, holds up one of the legs that had the paw cut off. According to state law it is legal to take some or all of a bear carcass if you accidentally hit it with your vehicle. 

        A bear cub with severed paws found dead on the shoulder of the Highway 136 Connector was hit by a vehicle and not killed by a poacher as some originally thought, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. 

At approximately 9:30 a.m. someone called 911 about the bear and DNR  was alerted. Nearby resident Charles Chastain discovered the cub that morning. When he found a bullet hole in the animal’s chest and saw that its front paws were cut off he assumed it had been poached.

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