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Man kills bear to protect family, Feds side with bear

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A little background for the coast-living libs who still can't fathom why anyone would ever own a firearm:

1) People who live in or near wooded areas sometimes encounter large, hungry wild animals.
2) Yelling "I'm gonna call the police" won't stop said animal and his pack mates from having you for lunch.
3) The "local" sheriff is 20 minutes away, on a good day.

Next time one of those smarmy noise-papers reports that the jackbooted thugs have heroically murdered some "armed and dangerous" kid walking in the woods near his own home, you may have a clue as to why he was "armed".

He's trying to protect himself from four-legged wild animals when the two-legged kind snuck up on him.

Now, to the story: From the same gangsters who brought you the siege at Ruby Ridge...

http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/news/local/article_4217edf0-cedf-11e0-beba-001cc4c002e0.html

Otter supports grizzly shooter
COEUR d’ALENE — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told the Obama administration in a letter this week that he supports the right of a North Idaho man who killed a grizzly bear to defend himself and his family.

Jeremy M. Hill, 33, shot and killed a grizzly on his 20-acre property near Porthill on May 8, and his lawyer said Tuesday they would be arguing self-defense and protection of family. Hill pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

“I recognize the federal jurisdiction under the Endangered Species Act, but I strongly support the right of individuals to defend themselves and others in such situations,” Otter wrote to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in an Aug. 22 letter.

“Many, including me, feel Mr. Hill did what a concerned parent would do. Now, Jeremy and his family must endure the cost of a trial,” the Republican governor said.

He said U.S. Fish and Wildlife needs to consider the impacts to grizzly bear recovery efforts because of Hill’s case.

“There is a great public outcry about this issue, and prosecution may further damage community support for recovery efforts,” he wrote.

He added that there must be flexibility for citizens to protect their loved ones and property.

“One of the flaws of the ESA is the premium it places on protecting species at the expense of everything else,” Otter said. “Although an individual can protect human safety under the law — as Jeremy felt he was doing — it’s a shame that the Endangered Species Act still does not enable citizens to protect their private property and pets in the same manner.”

He finished by saying that there is no dispute Hill killed a grizzly. The dispute, he said, appears to be over the reason for shooting the bear.

“I would sincerely appreciate your looking into this case and assisting in any way you can,” he wrote.

The Boundary County commissioners wrote a letter to the governor asking for help.

“We feel that at all costs, this man has the obligation and responsibility to protect his children,” the commissioners wrote in their Aug. 22 letter. “This is not some flagrant or malicious act. We urge you to do all that is in your power to have this matter settled.”

Hill’s father, Mike Hill, said that three grizzly bears, a mother and two cubs, wandered onto his son’s property.

He said the bears were spotted by some of Jeremy Hill’s six kids, who had been outside playing. They called to their father, who was inside the house.

He came out with a rifle and shot and killed one of the bears, then called authorities to report the death.

It has been reported that it was the mother that was killed, but Mike Hill said it was one of the cubs. U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson declined on Wednesday to say which bear was shot and killed. Declined to say. Wonder why.

The bears were five miles outside a grizzly recovery zone and next to Highway 1.

Jeremy Hill was charged with the killing, a misdemeanor, earlier this month. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The grizzly bear is a threatened species in the lower 48 states, and protected by federal law.

Maybe we could demand the bears pay for a people hunting license, and show proof of it before mauling someone.

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Comments

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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - September 9, 2011, 6:17 pm
You can bet your ass, if it were to happen to me I'd be doing the same thing. Lives to be lost for endangered species Bull. The man did what he had to do. The government needs to use some common sense when it comes to this.Period.
He didn't go out and just kill the bear for nothing.
2.
sully16Comment by sully16 - September 9, 2011, 6:26 pm
Agree with Maddog.
3.
TenajComment by Tenaj - September 9, 2011, 7:02 pm
I think he paid the fine and they dropped the charges.
4.
time*treatComment by time*treat - September 9, 2011, 7:17 pm
Yeah, here's an update:
http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/news/local/article_ee5610d0-d9dc-11e0-84c4-001cc4c03286.html
COEUR d’ALENE — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise announced Wednesday it is dismissing the pending misdemeanor criminal charge against Jeremy M. Hill for the killing of a grizzly bear on his Porthill property on May 8.

Hill, 33, agreed that under provisions of the Endangered Species Act and related regulations, he committed a violation. Hill shot a 2-year-old male grizzly bear that was with its mother and a sibling on Hill’s 20-acre property.

Regulations prohibit removing nuisance bears, except when authorized by government authorities. Hill, who pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene last month, has been issued a notice of violation and paid a $1,000 fine.

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So, if you can try to keep from becoming dinner until gum'mint "authorities" deign the matter important enough to get off their overpaid and under-qualified @$$#$ to deal with it ... or pay an extortion fee for the "crime" of saving your own (or your family's) skin.
5.
konaneComment by konane - September 10, 2011, 8:34 am
Common sense, what's that?

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