Massachusetts town prosecuting man who killed bear in his backyard

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, April 8, 2013 12:42 EDT
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A 76-year-old Massachusetts man is facing criminal charges after shooting and killing a bear in his backyard on Friday night.

Richard Ahlstrand told a reporter for CBS News affiliate WBZ-TV that he was outside refilling his bird feeders when the bear suddenly charged at him.

Thankfully, Ahlstrand said he’d seen the creature in his yard a night prior and thought to arm himself before walking outside again. Sure enough, there was the bear, all seven feet and 400 hulking pounds of it, rushing toward him and growling viciously.

“I didn’t have time to aim through the sights, but I aimed in the direction of the head on this thing and I pulled the trigger before it got to me,” Ahlstrand said. “It just dropped.”

His charges include illegal possession of a firearm, illegally killing a bear and illegally baiting a bear, WBZ-TV noted.

This video is from WBZ-TV, aired Sunday, April 7, 2013.


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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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