Posted: Tuesday, April 23rd 2013 at 10:48pm
Dawsonville woman regularly terrorized by black bear seeks assistance
A Dawson County woman says a black bear that attempts to break into her home on many nights has her fearing for her personal safety.
Dawsonville resident Stella Millsapps, 81, has lived in her current home for 30 years. She says the unwanted visitor, who roams the area surrounding her home frequently and comes onto her porch every 4 to 5 nights, is wreaking havoc on her property.
“Well, it comes round and tears up everything around the house,” she said. “It’s got into my garbage, it tears my bird-feeders down…I have to keep everything in the house on account of it.”
The 400-pound creature is just one of thousands of black bears that call Georgia home. Some of those bears live in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area, which is located near Millsapps’ home.
The State Department of National Resources recently addressed the matter, with a spokeswoman saying the bear would be trapped and relocated, but only if the bear was actually posing a danger.
Millsapps' son-in-law recently stepped forward, volunteering to shoot and kill the bear if the state was unwilling involve itself in the matter, but was warned that a citation would be issued if he decided to take the matter into his own hands.
In the meantime, Millsapps said she would continue to attempt to deter the bear, even though her methods so far have proven unsuccessful.
“I just take my feed in at night, I don’t leave nothing out and he still comes,” she said. “Don’t matter what I do.”
The Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division estimates that there are currently at least 5,100 black bears living in Georgia.
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