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Georgia: Homeowner kills 3-year-old black bear

August 14, 2009

Wayne County, Georgia

From the Sun-Sentinel of August 11, 2009

Homeowner kills 3-year-old black bear

Westley, the wandering black bear, whose journeys brought him too close to homes in Wellington and Weston earlier this year, has died in southeast Georgia, wildlife officials said. He was 3.

Westley, estimated to weigh 200 pounds, was killed by a homeowner Saturday with a shotgun after he damaged property and wandered in a residential neighborhood in western Wayne County, said Melissa Cummings, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

“It’d been trying to get into homes, pounding on garages and attempting to get through doors,” Cummings said. “The bear had become too accustomed to people.”

According to the Florida Times-Union, a homeowner named Ken Boyette saw Westley in his neighborhood Saturday, uncomfortably close to where children were riding bicycles and playing football. He shot Westley, killing him instantly.

“I didn’t have a choice. He had no fear of humans,” Boyette told the Times-Union. “I was afraid it was going to hurt one of the kids or someone else.”

The wandering bear first made headlines in April when a Weston family spotted him foraging near the backyard in their gated community. No live bear had been seen in Broward County in three decades.

Westley popped up around Weston a few more times, surprising morning joggers and prompting a school lockdown when students saw him prowling near Manatee Bay Elementary School.

A Sun Sentinel contest to name the bear received nearly 400 entries. Readers eventually chose Westley in a SunSentinel.com poll.

State wildlife officials caught Westley in May and relocated him to Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County, where most black bears in Florida are found.

But Westley wouldn’t stay put for long. He made his way to Wellington in June, where he was again captured and this time sent upstate to Osceola National Forest.

Last month, he showed up at Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, in the Jacksonville area, where he bothered no one, said Florida Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro.

From there he crossed the St. Marys River and visited the town of St. Marys in southeastern Georgia.

Westley had an ear tag, SO11, letting officials know it was the same animal that had wandered through South Florida, Ferraro said.

Though Georgia authorities noticed the tag when they captured him in St. Marys early last week, they didn’t know the animal had crossed state lines.

Georgia has a “three strikes” policy when it comes to bears roaming around cities: they can be captured and released two times, but they’re killed if they’re caught a third time, Cummings said. Authorities say they would have put down Westley had they known his Florida history.

Narrowly missing that scrape with death, Westley wasn’t so lucky the next time he wandered into a town a few days later.

After he was killed, Georgia wildlife officials disposed of his body in a landfill, Cummings said.

“Some bears wander around looking for suitable territory,” Cummings said. “A few others are moving bears: they never establish their territory and keep moving, never finding the home they’re looking for. This bear could’ve been that kind.”

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Oregon: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Bear After it Climbs Through Window

July 31, 2009

Grant Pass, Oregon

From KTVL of July 28, 2009

Homeowner Shoots, Kills Bear After it Climbs Through Window

A Grants Pass man woke up in the middle of the night, and came face to face with an intruder. That intruder was a bear, and the man jumped into action.

Everett Skinner was awakened by his daughter in the middle of the night. Skinner grabbed his shot gun.

“I shot him once with the gun and that didn’t bother him” skinner explained. “I put a third shot into his mid section and he was still growling and roaring” said Skinner. It took three more shots to finally put the bear down.

The bear eventually collapsed dead. Ironically, Skinner explained the bear did with his head next to a picnic basket. Skinner says it was all over in about a minute. He says the bear had run out when the two saw each other, and is sorry that he had to kill the bear, but says it had to be done.

Boulder County Homeowner Shoots Very Hairy, Very Scary Home Invader

July 30, 2009

Boulder County, Colorado

From the July 27, 2009 Boulder Daily Camera:

— It took three rounds from a shotgun, five bullets from a handgun and two shots from a rifle to kill the 120-pound black bear that broke into a Boulder County home early Monday morning.

The bear break-in was the fifth time in a week hungry bears have gotten into Boulder County residences, all while the residents were home. That has wildlife officials urging area residents to take precautions and bear proof their homes.

Brenda Fischer’s barking dog woke her at about 2 a.m. Monday morning. When she went upstairs to investigate, she found a bear in the kitchen of her home on Poorman Road, between Sunshine and Fourmile canyons.

Fischer quickly returned downstairs to wake her two children and her husband.

“As soon as I knew there was a bear inside the house, I went to gather up both our weapon and our ammunition, because they are in two different places, and went to place myself with the weapon between the family and the bear,” said Paul Fischer, Brenda’s husband.

“As soon as I moved to try and make a place for him to get out, he charged me,” Fischer continued. “That’s when I shot him and he kept charging me. I shot him a second time, and he kept charging me. I shot him a third time and he was finally disoriented enough for me to get away.”

The first two rounds from the 12-gauge shotgun were birdshot and the third was rubber bullets, according to a report by the sheriff’s office. The Fischers escaped through a bedroom window, leaving the wounded bear inside the house.

When officers arrived on the scene at about 2:30 a.m., they found a bloody bear trying to claw his way through a screen door.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Enholm, after determining that the bear was severely injured and would need to be put down, fired his .45-caliber handgun five more times at the animal.

Idaho: Neighbor shoots loose pit bull

July 12, 2009

Boise, Idaho

From the Idaho Statesman of July 12, 2009

Neighbor shoots loose pit bull

Police say an Ada County man shot and killed an attacking pit bull.

Josh Hobson says he was responding to pleas of help from a jogger on Saturday night. Armed with his shotgun, he says he shot one of two dogs as it turned on him.

Neighbors say the jogger, with his own dog, were running down the sidewalk when the two pit bulls ran out an open door and across the street, snarling and barking. The jogger took refuge in a pickup truck.

Ada County officers say Hobson did nothing wrong. Deputy Nicole Hudson says the dogs were in Hobson’s yard and threatening another person or animal, so the shooting was justified.

Michigan: Neighborhood watch president shoots, kills dog; its owner disputes the need

June 25, 2009

Saginaw, Michigan

From the Saginaw News of June 25, 2009

Neighborhood watch president shoots, kills dog; its owner disputes the need

Tensions are high on a Saginaw street where the neighborhood watch president shot and killed his neighbor’s dog.

Jose Barajas, Southwest Saginaw Neighborhood Association president, told police he shot Onyx, a 50-plus-pound pit bull and shar-pei mix, with a 40-caliber Glock after the dog broke its chain and charged him at 1223 Maple on June 18.

Barajas said he was working outside the house next door when he heard a resident crying for help. Diana M. Fick, 52, said she was mowing her backyard about 7:30 p.m. when neighbor Samantha A. Griffus’ dog lunged at her. Fick said Onyx perched atop the tailgate shell and jumped off toward her, breaking his chain. She said she screamed for the owner and used the lawnmower as a buffer to keep the dog at bay.

Griffus didn’t hear her, but Barajas did. When the dog turned on him, he said he shot it two times.

Barajas “didn’t have an option,” Fick said “He popped him.”

Griffus, 19, said the dog was on a 10-foot chain attached to a tailgate shell on the lawn. She said Barajas had no right to shoot her dog because it hadn’t left her property.

Splatters of the dog’s blood are still on the tailgate shell, Griffus said. She said she thinks Onyx was chained when Barajas shot him and broke the chain afterward. A few weeks ago, Barajas had threatened to “shoot the dog if it pooped in his yard again,” Griffus said.

Barajas has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and often patrols his neighborhood as part of its watch group.

Saginaw police investigated and cleared Barajas.

“If I wouldn’t have been there, that neighbor would have likely gone to the hospital,” he said.

Griffus went onto her porch overlooking the area where Onyx was chained after hearing the gunshots and her dog “yarp.” Onyx had run off; Barajas was standing in her yard, his cell phone to his ear, with his gun visible in its holster, she said.

Barajas is “the greatest guy you ever want to meet,” Fick said. “It’s not like he just goes around the neighborhood shooting dogs.”

Wounded in the face and abdomen, Onyx ran toward the front of the home, approached the front door — where blood stains remain on the concrete steps of the porch — and ran across the street. Griffus found him in a neighbor’s kennel with the chain still clipped to his collar, Griffus said.

She took it to Great Lakes Pet Emergencies in Carrollton Township but returned with the dog because she couldn’t afford the $1,275 bill to treat it or $289 to euthanize it. Onyx died at 11:30 p.m.

California: Man shoots and kills large rabid possum

June 25, 2009

Eel River Valley, California

From the Humboldt Beacon of June 25, 2009

Man shoots and kills large rabid possum

A caller told police he had shot a large rabid possum in his front yard and was concerned that the possum might attack his dog. He was advised on discharging a firearm in city limits.

Ohio: Man Shoots Pit Bull Attacking Teen

June 21, 2009

Columbus, Ohio

From WBNS of June 19, 2009

Man Shoots Pit Bull Attacking Teen

A man shot a pit bull in the leg Thursday evening to stop the dog from attacking a teenager.

Police said the dog tore part of the 15-year-old boy’s ear and bit his arm and leg, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.

According to police, the attack was the culmination of an argument among neighbors on Diane Place on the south side. The argument escalated into a fight involving the boy and others on the street.

A witness told detectives they heard the owner of the dog say “sic ’em” before releasing the animal to attack the boy.

“During the fight, the male released the dog and it bit one of the people they were fighting,” Sgt. Thomas Nance told 10TV News. “Another man approached and shot the dog as it was attacking the 15-year-old.”

The boy was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. His condition was not known Thursday night.

Police were still investigating the cause of the argument.

The dog was taken into custody by animal control officers.

Colorado: Bear shot to death after breaking into home

June 18, 2009

Colorado Springs, Colorado

From KOAA of June 13, 2009

Bear shot to death after breaking into home

A man shot a bear to death after it broke into his home in Colorado Springs.

The bear broke in through the back door of a home on Columbia court around 8 p.m. Friday night.

Colorado Springs police say the homeowner loaded his gun, after a roommate yelled that the bear had broken in. The bear roared at the homeowner several times, and went to a part of the house where it couldn’t get out.

The man shot the bear 4 times, and it died. Division of Wildlife investigated, and say the homeowner was justified in the shooting.

Tennessee: Brainerd Man Shoots 2 Dogs Attacking Neighbor’s Dogs

April 23, 2009

Brainerd, Tennessee

From the Chattanoogan of April 21, 2009

Brainerd Man Shoots 2 Dogs Attacking Neighbor’s Dogs

A Brainerd man shot and killed two pit bull dogs attacking a neighbor’s pit bull in an incident on Sunday.

The case was turned over by Chattanooga Police to the McKamey Animal Trust.

McKamey officials have charged the owner of the two dogs, Walter Pitmon, for letting his dogs run at large.

Police Officer Brian Blumenberg said he responded to 108 S. Howell Ave. and spoke with Stephen Hooper, who said two pit bulls attacked his pit bull who was chained in the back yard.

He said while the attack was going on, his neighbor, James Klassen, came out of his house at 106 S. Howell Ave. with his pistol and shot the attacking dogs an unknown amount of times.

Mr. Hooper said after the dogs were shot, they ran off. The dogs were later taken by McKamey officers to an animal clinic on Amnicola Highway. They were later put down.

Officer Blumenberg said Mr. Pitmon arrived at the scene and identified himself as the owner of the two dogs. He said he was trying to feed the dogs at his residence at 113 Spring Creek Road when they got out. He said that was about an hour before the attack.

He said he went looking for them, then saw a number of officers at the house on South Howell and suspected that it involved the two dogs.

A neighbor, Matthew Overby, said he was playing with his four-year-old cousin less than 100 feet from where he heard six or seven shots.

He said he put the cousin inside and went looking in his truck to find who was firing shots in the neighborhood.

He said he found a pit bull with a bullet wound that severed its spine. He said he then saw the second dog that had also been shot.

Mr. Overby said he waited on Conner Street “with several more Good Samaritans who had stopped to help these two dying, bleeding dogs.”

He said the owner eventually showed up “and was initially upset with them for getting out in the first place. His anger quickly turned to tears as he just held his dogs.”

Montana: Man shoots wolf for threatening cattle

April 23, 2009

Missoula, Montana

From KPAX of April 21, 2009

Man shoots wolf for threatening cattle

A landowner shot and killed a wolf on private property near Hamilton over the weekend after he said he saw the animal chasing his cattle.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks investigated Saturday’s incident and said the man’s actions were warranted. Federal rules say wolves in the experimental wolf population area of Montana – which includes much of the southern half of the state – can legally be killed if they are seen killing or threatening to kill dogs or livestock. All incidents must be reported to FWP within 24 hours.

Wolves are expected to be removed from the federal Endangered Species List on May 4, after which they will become reclassified under state law as a species in need of management. The flexibility to protect livestock and domestic dogs will be provided in Montana law and will apply to the entire state.