Two area residents charged after DNR black bear hunting investigation
- Friday, 16 August 2013
- Written by James Richardson
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two area residents are among seven Upstate men who were arrested on varying charges following a four-year investigation by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources into illegal black bear hunting.
According to DNR spokesman Brett Witt, the charges included killing a bear sow with cubs, baiting bear, killing an undersized bear, trespassing, wildlife management land abuse, hunting license violations, distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to violate South Carolina game laws.
If convicted, the men could face penalties that range in fines from $500 to $2,500 and/or jail time that ranges from 30 days to two years. None of the suspects face all of the charges that are listed.
Thomas Elliott Mann, 35, of Travelers Rest, was charged with three counts of conspiracy to violate South Carolina game laws.
Ty Cooper Mills, 23, of Marietta, was charged with 12 counts of conspiracy to violate South Carolina game laws.
Other suspects who were charged include Charles Claude Blowers, of Sunset; David Winston Brown, of Liberty; Jason Russell Sullivan, of Central; Wesley Caylor Hedden, of Pickens; and Sherwood Lanier Patterson, of Seneca.
The S.C. Attorney General's Office assisted in the investigation, Witt said.
(Photos: Top – Thomas Elliott Mann; Bottom – Ty Cooper Mills / Pickens County Sheriff's Office)