A Castle Pines resident legally shot and killed a bear last month Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said, but the same resident was cited with a misdemeanor for feeding or attracting wildlife.
The shooting happened June 27, and the resident, who was not identified, was cited Tuesday, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.
“The person shot the bear over concerns that it was attempting to enter their home” about 1 a.m., the news release said. “Under state statute, it is lawful for a person to use lethal force to protect their personal safety when they feel threatened by a bear.”
The sow that was shot was standing outside at an open kitchen window when the resident fired a handgun from inside the home to “scare it off,” the news release stated.
The bear, which was with three cubs, ran off. The sow’s body was found the next morning about 250 yards from the home. Two cubs were trapped by wildlife officers. The third cub has not been found and is presumed dead.
The misdemeanor charge is for failing to take “remedial action” to avoid contact or conflict with black bears. “In this case, failing to remove attractants such as bird feeders after being notified to do so by CPW,” the release stated.
A Parks and Wildlife investigation has deemed the shooting justified, and the investigation is closed, officials said.
The resident’s name was not released over safety concerns for him and his family, CPW said. The resident was cooperative with investigators, has paid the citation, and is making a financial contribution to a wildlife facility that is caring for the dead sow’s cubs.