Bear killed raiding Redlands chicken coop

A Redlands resident shot and killed a black bear Sunday night after the bruin twice attempted to get into a chicken coop.

Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife responded to the incident that occurred in the 2100 block of Sequoia Court. Officers determined the homeowner was justified in the shooting, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras said.

Porras said landowners in general are justified in shooting a bear or a wild animal if it is harassing livestock or a resident feels threatened for his or her life. However, it’s more of a gray area if a bear or a wild animal is harassing a dog.

Porras said the landowner had lost some chickens in the past to a bear.

“This was a bear that had already gotten into the chickens,” he said. “He saw the bear, yelled and ran it off but it stopped and continued to trying to enter the chicken coop. He felt he needed to take action to protect his property.”

Porras said wildlife officers investigate each reported case of people shooting wildlife to determine if lethal force is warranted. People who shoot wildlife are expected to contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife immediately.

Wildlife officers have responded to a number of bear calls this year, Porras said. Most calls are related to bears getting into trash cans. The Redlands area has experienced at least three separate incidents of bear sightings so far this summer.

Anyone who has shot a bear or anyone who needs to report a bear that is consistently getting into trash or being aggressive should call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 255-6100.


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Interesting. It’s been a good year for bears with lots of moisture, vegetation, and small prey animals. This fellow must have had a particular taste for chicken since there is no shortage of other food in this vicinity.

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