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.
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.
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.
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