Carrabelle man shoots bear, is immediately arrested

By: Lt. Stan Kirkland, F-W-C
By: Lt. Stan Kirkland, F-W-C

Carrabelle - A Franklin County man was arrested Oct. 22 and charged with killing a black bear after a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigator saw him shoot the animal with a bow and arrow.

Black bears are classified as a threatened species in Florida and are fully protected. There is no open season for the taking of bears.

Gene Strickland,59, a dock builder and fishing guide from Carrabelle, was charged with one count of killing a black bear – a felony – and taken to the Franklin County Jail, according to FWC Investigator Eric Johnston. Strickland’s bow and arrow were seized as evidence.

Johnston said the 175-pound female bear ran by, only 50 feet from Strickland’s tree stand.

The bear was shot on private property near the St. James Golf Course at Lanark Village. Strickland is one of several hunters who hunt the property.


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  • by beach guy on Oct 28, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    Hope the guy gets jail time, but once again this is the panhandle, and jail time usually isnt in the picture for these typoe of crimes.
  • by Jack Location: Wakulla on Oct 28, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    This us what happens on all private lease land. Yoy so called hunters want to kill deer not hunt them .So you dump hundreds of pounds of corn out to bring them in then you moan about the bears. Don't bait deer and you will not have bear problems Plant a food plot instead its better for the deer and bears will not eat it....
  • by AARON on Oct 28, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    I have put out camera through out calhoun and liberty county .And in one hunting season had over 100 pics of bears .. I thought another hunter was damaging my hunting house but pics of bears tearing it up and going in side it was a surprise to me . NO FEAR OF HUMAN ODOR .. I WAS WONDERING WHAT I WOULD DO IF HE CAME AROUND WHEN I WAS IN IT ..
  • by Dave Location: PCB on Oct 28, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    HIS JOB IS TO PROTECT THE BEAR! WHY DID HE WAIT UNTIL THE BEAR WAS DEAD BEFORE DOING ANYTHING?
  • by MeToo Location: Florida on Oct 28, 2010 at 02:10 AM
    Yeah, there's a lot of things I'm tired of too. Don't give me the right to "shoot em".
  • by Nunya Location: FL on Oct 27, 2010 at 03:17 PM
    Im not saying he was right in shooting the bear!!! He was probably tired of the bear tearing up his deer feeders. I have been hearing A LOT of hunters making claims of bears tearing up their feeders, these claims are have been increasing in the last few years. Florida needs to do a bear count in the panhandle area. Im certain they will find there are a lot more bears here than they are estimating.
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