Vermont Fish and Game officials say a Groton woman used bear spray to interfere with hunters out training their dogs for the upcoming bear season. Liza Nanni, 61, is facing charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and hunter interference. It was Sunday, July 10 when Ellsworth Spear, 61, of Newbury, and two others were in a vehicle driving on Red Brook Road in Groton. Secured in the truck were hunting dogs. The bear hound training season is open between June 1 and Sept. 15. The bear hunting season for Vermont residents using dogs starts Sept. 1. According to the fish and game report, Spear told investigators that a woman, later identified as Nanni, blocked the road and “instigated an altercation.” During the confrontation, Nanni is accused of pulling out a container of bear spray and spraying Spear and the occupants, including the child.
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