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Auburn man faces charges after shooting, killing backyard bear

Man charged with illegally baiting bear

Auburn Police Chief Andrew J. Sluckis Jr. told the Telegram that officers were called out to investigate the shooting at about noon at the Leicester Street home of 76-year-old Richard Ahlstrand.

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I don’t know what you see, but I see an old man trying to protect himself.


The paper reported that after speaking with Ahlstrand, the State Environmental Police were called.
Authorities believed the bear was attracted to a 50-gallon drum of birdseed that Ahlstrand had in his backyard. He told police that he heard a noise outside and felt threatened.
After thinking that the bear may have cubs nearby, Ahlstrand told police he went inside the house and retrieved a firearm, then went back outside where he shot and killed her.
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What good can possibly come from an organization called Environmental Police?


Ahlstrand told News Center 5’s Liam Martin that the bear charged him, leaving him no choice but to shoot her. He said he has been keeping birdseed outside for years.
Police told the paper they took possession of two .22 caliber rifles and a 12-gauge shotgun from Ahlstrand’s home.
He was charged with illegally killing a bear, illegally baiting a bear, illegal possession of a firearm and failure to secure a firearm.
Ahlstrand is scheduled to be arraigned in Worcester District Court at a later date.
Both Auburn and environmental police are investigating.
Read more: https://www.wcvb.com/news/local/central-massachusetts/Auburn-man-faces-charges-after-shooting-killing-backyard-bear/-/11983998/19653592/-/format/rsss_2.0/-/adm3vn/-/index.html#ixzz2PoWTqPpL

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izzy
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izzy

What has this world come to. Getting arrested for protecting yourself

DCG
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Good grief, up is down and down is up these days. Get a good attorney then sue the “environmental police” for attorney fees. What a joke.

Dr. Eowyn
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“What good can possibly come from an organization called Environmental Police”
Good grief. I didn’t even know we have such a thing as Environmental Police! When did that happen? 🙁

Mike
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Mike

It’s news to me, too.

Dave
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Dave

Remember this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml54UuAoLSo
We’re soooooooooooooooooooo there.
-Dave

Dr. Eowyn
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Yikes!
In 2008, then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (he’s now California’s Lt Governor) proposed America’s first mandatory recycling and composting law, making it mandatory for all SF residents to have composting and recycling bins at their residences, and be forced to use them. If not they could be fined as much as $1000 for repeat offenders. The goal was to make San Francisco waste-free by 2020.
https://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?id=6300906

DCG
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“Waste free”, novel concept. Too bad it doesn’t apply to government spending!

Dr. Eowyn
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Brilliant, DCG!

Mike
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Mike

Ha ha! Funny, Stephanie!

pnordman
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pnordman

Ya know, at some time in the past we lost the virtue of common sense!

Dressage Rider
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Dressage Rider

The bear problem is why I don’t have a bird feeder.