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360-Pound Black Bear Killed in Bartow

A city of White man made an unexpected kill while deer hunting late Monday.

Credit: Alex Chastain's Facebook page
Credit: Alex Chastain's Facebook page
A Bartow resident and Georgia Highlands College student made an unexpected kill on a deer hunting trip Monday near the city of White, just outside Cartersville in Bartow County.

"Killed him last night. Weighed 360 pounds," reads a status update on Alex Chastain's Facebook, referencing a photo of the former Cartersville High Schol baseball player posing with a deceased black bear.

Chastain used his bow to take down the bear, which he thinks was following his path—and human scent—to a tree stand on family land where he had been deer hunting, reports The Daily Tribune News.

I was running out of shooting light and so I was going to go ahead and climb out of my tree, so I climbed down my tree and stepped out of my stand and I picked my bow up off the ground and started to untie my pull-up rope, then when I looked up there was a bear about 10 yards away from me,” Chastain told the newspaper.

Black bears—omnivorous animals whose diet consists of whatever is readily available at the time—can be found in the north Georgia mountains and along the Ocmulgee River drainage system, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Their numbers have increased to a "healthy" population of more than 5,000 in Georgia.

Game wardens receive numerous bear nuisance calls every year, according to the DNR, although they most often live in forested areas, "especially mature mixed pine stands that offer a plentiful supply of natural foods and trees and thickets that they can escape to for security."

This month, an adult and two juvenile black bears were seen roaming neighborhoods in nearby Cumming and Forsyth County.

Have you seen or heard about black bears or other wildlife in or near your home?


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Tina September 26, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I live in Highland Point Subdivision in White, Ga. there was a bear spotted yesterday on Graystone in our neighborhood.. :)
Pam Howell September 26, 2013 at 08:38 PM
3 sighted on our property in Gordon county!
Benjamin Mentzer September 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM
SWEET BEAR!!!
Valerie Mueller September 27, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Poor Bear!
Gael Antone September 27, 2013 at 09:01 AM
Yep, that's what I want to do...take a picture looking like a smug cheshire cat after killing something!
JC September 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Give me a break. Somehow I doubt this bear was that close to him. Look at that smile...that was a true hunt and kill situation. Booooo (thumbs down.)
Anita Massey September 27, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I think this is awful. He should be ashamed. I seriously doubt that he feared for his life. He must know that it was wrong to kill the bear if he feels he had to lie about why he killed it. Either that or he's just ignorant.
Danny Burnham September 27, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Let's not get all self righteous about killing animals and judging hunters. Anybody who thinks he wasn't afraid for his life has never been in proximity of a bear in the wild. It doesn't matter anyway. We can thump our Bibles while we bear our guns. God gave us the right to hunt/kill/eat animals. Genesis 1:26 "...Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." The only thing I'm mad at this guy about is that this happened so close to my favorite hunting spot. Well played Alex!
Elizabeth September 28, 2013 at 08:49 PM
When people kill bears, do they eat the meat from the bear? Do you have to have a special license to hunt bear in Georgia?
Cynthia White September 29, 2013 at 04:46 PM
I know he's a hunter. I sure hope he killed the bear for the right reasons. The meat he needed to feed his family this winter. Trophy Hunters make me Sick.
Cindy September 29, 2013 at 06:17 PM
We have had bears in Gwinnett County over the years.....Suwanee, Buford, I-85....but those are carefully guarded secrets. If the masses knew, they may panic. For those of you who feel sorry for the bear, if the bear was "hunting" this guy, he would have been dead soon. The bear or the hunter.......I choose the hunter. Until you encounter one of these huge wild animals in the woods, you can sit back and pity the bear all day....but if you were on the receiving end of the bear's lunch schedule, your words would be vastly different. OR if your child (children) were lunch........just saying.....
Harry Ball September 29, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Funny to hear this comment from folks who eat beef, pork, and chicken but let the others do the slathering...
Bubba Dupree October 05, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Some Chinese people believe that if a man eats a bear paw hi wiener will get bigger, and work longer. That is silly. We all know that if you kill a bear it proves that your wiener is bigger and works longer. That's what makes us more civilized. Black bears are dangerous, too. If we don't kill them first they will surely kill us. And if we don't kill them at all, our wieners will shrivel and drop off.
Tom Reilly October 16, 2013 at 05:16 PM
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has stated that we should have as many bear as deer in the Atlanta metro area within the next five years.--Tom Reilly

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