I live in the country, in a neighborhood of about 20 houses pretty spread apart. A bear has entered the neighborhood and has everyone talking. What would be the protocol if it enters my yard? You can't fire a gun in my state within 500 yards of a residence. It's a major penalty if you do. I don't hunt, but do practice archery and have some razor arrowheads that probably could take out a typical black bear -- and there are lots of little kids and old ladies on my street who probably need protecting -- but that seems a bit needless, no? Calling the DEC or whatever would take forever for them to come. Should I just live and let live?