4 men charged with illegally hunting bears with poison-tipped arrows, bait
South Carolina bow hunters arrested
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MESA COUNTY, Colorado - Colorado wildlife officers have arrested four men from South Carolina after they allegedly used poison-tipped arrows and bait to hunt for black bears in Mesa County.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said the men were arrested at their hunting camp in the Brush Creek area east of Collbran on Saturday evening.
The South Carolina men were identified as George R. Plummer, 51 and Joseph Nevling, 50, both of Timmonsville; Michael C. Courtney, 25, of Florence; and James Cole, 55 of Sumter.
The men are charged with violating a variety of wildlife laws, including the use of poisons and toxicants with their archery equipment, hunting black bears with bait, hunting after legal hunting hours and illegal possession of big game wildlife, state wildlife officials said.
All four are scheduled to appear in Mesa County District Court on Wednesday.
The arrests are the culmination of a lengthy investigation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers.
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