EVERGREEN - Two bear cubs died Tuesday morning after an Evergreen man shot them.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, 40-year-old Daniel C. Williams in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive in Evergreen saw a mother bear and her two cubs going through his trash around 5:15 a.m.
He had rubber bullets in his shotgun, so he fired two rounds to scare them off. His dog ran out into the area, so the homeowner grew concerned for his dog. He fired a third round, but it was a live round. The live round hit both cubs.
One bear cub was killed instantly. The other was wounded and had to be euthanized by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers.
The mother bear ran across the street and into a tree. As of 4:30 p.m., the mother bear was still there, and deputies are warning people to avoid the area of Lupine Drive to reduce the mom's stress. They say the bear probably wouldn't come down until humans left the area.
The bear was down safely by 8:15 p.m., Colorado Parks and Wildlife says.
The live round also went through a neighbor's window, but no one was hurt in that home.
Williams was charged with two felony counts and six misdemeanor counts.They are:
- Illegal discharge of a firearm
- Aggravated cruelty to animals
- Three counts of black bear hunting out of season
- Two counts of illegal possession of wildlife
- Shooting from a public road
If convicted, he could face up to four and a half years in prison.
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