Auburn man faces charges after shooting bear
AUBURN, Mass. (WHDH) -- An Auburn man is facing charges after he claims he was forced to kill a black bear.
Richard Ahlstrand said he heard something strange in his backyard so he took his shotgun with him when he went outside.
“I grabbed my shotgun and I hit the safety off. It was so close I didn’t have time to aim my rifle,” said Ahlstrand.
Ahlstrand said he was defending himself when he killed a black bear behind his Auburn home.
“Walking toward was this big black thing and it was on all fours,” said Ahlstrand.
Ahlstrand said he couldn’t believe it when police charged him with illegally baiting and killing a bear. He told 7News the 50-gallon feeder in his yard is only meant to attract birds.
“I’ve been feeding the birds for so long now I almost know them by name,” said Ahlstrand.
He said he wasn’t just startled when the feeder brought a bear around -- he insists he was afraid for his life.
“I’m still a nervous wreck over it. I do feel bad for the animal,” said Ahlstrand.
Ahlstrand said police took the shotgun and two other rifles from his home.