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West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear

The Free Press WV

The state of West Virginia says a man had no right to bear arms against a black bear that wandered onto his property in Boone County.

West Virginia Natural Resources Police charged the man with killing a black bear out of season and shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling.

Agency Capt. Terry Ballard says people are allowed to defend themselves from an attack, but safety isn’t believed to have been a factor in this case. He says the agency has enough evidence to provide the man wasn’t in danger.

Ballard says bears “don’t want to come around people’s houses and they’re certainly not coming there to eat your kids.“

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