Idaho Man Cleared of Criminal Charges in Killing Grizzly Bear
Jeremy Hill of Porthill, Idaho was charged with misdemeanor criminal charges for violating the Endangered Species Act when he shot and killed a grizzly bear on May 8th. He has been cleared of the criminal charges, but has paid $1,000 for violating the act by removing the grizzly by himself. Grizzly bears are protected, and if seen, one should call fish and wildlife officials. They are supposed to respond immediately to remove the problem bear, to keep the public and bears safe.
Hill had just taken a shower and looked out the window. There were 3 grizzly bears on his property, they were near where his children's 4-H pigs were. The last he knew, his children were also still outside. He grabbed his rifle and went out yelling for his children. His yelling did not scare off the bears. He shot at the one closest, he hit it, and had clearly wounded it. Thinking that leaving a wounded bear was not humane or safe, he killed it. Hill had never seen grizzlies in the area before.
Hill did call the Idaho Department of Fish and Game quickly after shooting the bear. This helped with his case. U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that dismissal of the criminal charge in favor of the citation was based in part on Hill's prompt notification of his actions to Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials. Hill is just glad it is over, and can move on from this unfortunate experience. From CDAPress.com.