Western Slope man cleared in bear killing

Bear killed raiding chicken coop

REDLANDS, Colo. - A Redlands resident who shot and killed a black bear attempting to get into a chicken coop has been cleared in the killing.

The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1ozlhgK ) that the shooting happened Sunday night in Redlands. A landowner shot and killed a bear that twice attempted to get into a chicken coop.

Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife responded to the incident and concluded that the landowner was justified. Landowners are permitted to shoot a bear or a wild animal if it is harassing livestock or a resident feels threatened for his or her life.

The Redlands area has experienced at least three incidents of bear sightings so far this summer.

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