News Colorado: Man could face felony charges for shooting black bear cubs

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  1. dawg

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    A Colorado man may face criminal charges after shooting two black bear cubs in the foothills west of Denver, killing one of them and forcing wildlife officials to euthanize the other, authorities said on Tuesday.

    The incident began early on Tuesday in the town of Evergreen when a homeowner was awakened by a mother bear and her two cubs rummaging through garbage, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

    The man, who was not identified by authorities, initially fired two rubber buckshot rounds from a shotgun, but when his dog ran outside, he shot at the bears with live ammunition.

    "He said he was concerned about his dog's safety and he fired a third round, which was a live round," the sheriff’s office statement said.

    One of the cubs was killed by the shotgun blast, and the other was seriously wounded, forcing state wildlife officers to put it down. Shotgun pellets also hit a nearby home.

    The man is under investigation for a felony charge of illegally discharging a weapon and hunting a bear out of season, a misdemeanor, police said.

    The cubs' mother, a 150-pound (68-kg) sow, scampered up a tree and was unharmed, said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Wildlife officers are monitoring her to see that she returns safely to the wild, she added.

    Churchill said heavy spring rains, followed by a late season hard frost created a shortage of the bears' normal food supply of serviceberry and chokecherry bushes, forcing the bruins to move into urban areas to forage.

    "That's made it a tough food year for bears," she said.

    Colorado is home to about 19,000 black bears, Churchill said, and in recent weeks hungry bruins have been spotted in several cities along northeast Colorado's urban corridor.

    A black bear was captured by game wardens within the city of Denver last week, and a man in Fort Collins was charged last month with illegally possessing wildlife after he shot dead a bear outside his home.

    Under Colorado law, bears cannot be killed out of season unless they are directly threatening humans or livestock. Churchill said people can ward off bears with non-lethal means, such as banging on pots and pans or blowing an air horn.

    "We are trying to get the word out that there are other ways to scare them off without resorting to shooting them," she said.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/01/us-usa-crime-bears-idUSKCN0R14XX20150901
     
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    It will be interesting to see how animal people view this one, on the one hand he was protecting his dog from danger on the other he used a lethal round on the cub.
     
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    I have seen black bear eating out of trash cans many times in New Mexico, it is a sight.
     
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    If only Beth had been there, she could have rescued the cub, found it a forever home and written a kids book about how the dog helped the cub overcome the gunshot.
     
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    I am sure you guys have plenty of Black Bear up in Northern California.
     
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    They will side with whatever the most politically correct feeling is, my bet - the destructive bears.
     
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    Where they the ones that were in the pool? :crying:
     
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    Fuck his dog, the bears were just hungry.. He should have put his dog in the bedroom.
     
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    Never seen a bear in the wild, we had tons of coyotes and an occasional bobcat when I lived in the back country, they just ran when they saw people, raccoons were the angriest.
     
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    #BLACKBEARSMATTER
     
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    I've been to Texas a lot more than northern CA, too many hippies, yuppies, commies and hipsters.
     
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    :hhh:
     
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    This was my first thought too. HE let his dog get out and then shoots 2 cubs..... Fuuuuuck yoooooo
     
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    He's going to get into trouble for shooting a gun within the city limits, and the fact that he hit someone's house is going to be the nail in his coffin. He probably won't be charged with actually killing the bears.

    But do keep in mind that Colorado is so fond of it's wildlife that when an Elk was killed in Estes Park they put up a 10' tall bronze statue to commemorate his life. And they named a law about killing prize Elk after him. It's called Samson's Law, which is what was used to go after the people who:

    They didn't so much get into trouble for shooting it. They got in trouble for shooting it, not reporting the discharge of a firearm, the dude called his taxidermist buddy to come pick up the body, and then he denied denied denied until Boulder finally threw the book at em.
     
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    more like murdering :what:

    I hope somebody blows him away too

     
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    That mamma bear is gonna eat him one day
     
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    Just a random pic of black bears, the article didn’t provide any.
     
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    Black bears won't attack unless provoked, no doubt if the dog gets close she'll rip him apart to protect her cubs. Stay in the fucking house and clean the garbage up in later, why are you even firing rubber bullets?
     
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    Lol. Wtf? This "shoot to wound" bullshit again
     
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    Aww the poor little bears, they would never hurt anyone...put that guy in the electric chair :rolleyes: