FOREST FALLS (CBS/AP)— A bear cub found rummaging through trash was shot and killed by a homeowner in the San Bernardino County community of Forest Falls.
Authorities say three cubs were found going through trash cans in a resident’s driveway about 2 a.m. Thursday morning.
The homeowner killed the 80- to 100-pound yearling with a shotgun. No one was arrested and its not known what happened to the second bear cub.
Fish & Game biologist Kevin Brennan tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that a female bear and two yearlings were drawn by the smell of garbage, and the shooter claims he was afraid the bear was going to get a buddy who was there.
San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman says deputies got an initial call from a man who said a friend shot a bear in a driveway. The investigation was turned over to a game warden and the shooter’s name was not released.
If the shooting wasn’t justified it could result in a ticket.
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