Central Florida man jailed for killing black bear

J.C. Calton, of Umatilla, sentenced in Marion County

Published On: Nov 15 2012 07:22:47 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 15 2012 08:31:04 AM EST
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OCALA, Fla. -

A Marion County man who killed a black bear has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Records show that 48-year-old J.C. Calton, of Umatilla, was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges. Calton must also surrender his bow to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and pay a $250 fine.

FWC officers reported finding a large bear that had been killed with a broadhead arrow in the Ocala National ForestĀ  in late August. The body appeared to have been dragged by a vehicle. The officers followed the path back to Calton's home, where the officers found a pool of dried blood and leftover corn and dog food.

The officers say Calton admitted to luring the bear to his yard using dog food and then shooting it with a bow and arrow. Calton had said the animal had been harassing his family.