Asheville man shoots, kills bear in yard

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A stock photo of a black bear.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina Wildlife officials are investigating after an Asheville man shot and killed a black bear in his yard.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that the shooting happened Monday afternoon as the man was working in his driveway with his daughter.

Authorities said a neighbor called the man and said a bear was headed his way.

The man then went inside his home and came back out with a 30-30 hunting rifle, fatally shooting the animal, officials said.

The fatally wounded bear then reportedly rolled onto a neighbor’s driveway. Some neighbors have complained about the shooting.

The black bear was described as a year and a half old female weighing around 150-175 pounds.

Officials said no charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing. The man could possibly be charged with killing a bear out of season.

The charge is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a $4,000 fine and a loss of hunting privileges for two years.

Read more: The Asheville Citizen-Times

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