Man charged with using shotgun to kill attacking bear

A 76-year-old Massachusetts man has been charged with multiple crimes after using his shotgun to kill a 7-foot, 350-pound bear that chased the man around his backyard.  ”It just dropped,” the man said of the bear’s shooting.

For the crime of resisting death at the hands (paws?) of a man-killing wild animal, the state has charged the resident with multiple crimes including killing a bear, baiting a bear, illegal possession of a firearm and failing to secure the weapon.  More or less, the state would rather this man have stood there defenseless to provide this bear with a fresh meal for the evening.

The police do not believe the bear was a threat to anyone.  The resident, who was chased by the bear, feels differently.