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When It's Okay to Shoot a Bear

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A follow-up to the bear in the home story we brought to you on Tuesday.

82-year-old Jim Lei was forced to shoot and kill a bear outside his home, the day after the bear was found in his living room.

A game warden says Lei will not face any charges which has some questioning when it's okay to shoot an animal like a bear.

According to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Montana Law allows you to kill a bear to defend yourself, another person or even a domestic animal like a dog.

In this case, the bear had already gone into the Lei's home the day before and was outside again looking to come inside the next day.

The warden says at this time of year, bears are looking for calories to stock up for the winter and if they find it one day, they will be bold and come back again.

If you do kill a bear, you must report it to FWP within 72 hours.

 

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