Dennis Rasmussen is familiar with black bears on his property. He and his neighbor both have had experiences recently with a black bear, that had messed with their chicken coops, garbage, taken down part of Rasmussen's fence.
At 1 am on Sunday morning Rasmussen's dog started barking. Rasmussen knew something was amok. He went into his garage, and the dog came running in. Rasmussen grabbed the .22 he keeps in his garage, and looked out, it was dusty. He assumed that something was spooking the horses as well, getting them stirred up.
He saw a pair of eyes in the dark coming at him, so with the 10 rounds in his clip he used it all in the direction of the eyes. The bear ran one way, Rasmussen went the other. He went inside the house to wake his wife and daughter, they got in a car and went one way on the property while Rasmussen went the other in search of the bear. The bear had climbed the tallest tree on their property.
While the family was looking up at the bear, two Yellowstone Sheriff's deputies showed up from a report of shooting. Around 3 am Kevin Holland, a game warden with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, showed up.
Rasmussen said Holland told him the bear would be trapped and relocated if it was uninjured, but put down if it had been wounded. Using spotlights and a powerful scope, Rasmussen said, Holland quickly verified that the bear, a male weighing 180 to 200 pounds, had been wounded.
Holland took a shot at the bear, hitting it. The bear started to climb down. Holland shot it again. The bear fell dead to the ground. Rasmussen said it is sad to see the bear go, but he was becoming too familiar with the area. From The Billings Gazette .