Friday, May 26, 2006

Sand Lake, Michigan

From Grand Rapids’ of May 26, 2006
Fatal shooting of bear justified, DNR says

State officials have justified the killing of a black bear and say the man who shot the bear will not be ticketed.

Bill Tippett was teaching his 15-year-old son Steven and 14-year-old nephew Tyler Smith how to hunt wild turkey on private land near Sand Lake on Tuesday when the shooting happened.

The 47-year-old Tippett says the bear was running toward his nephew and he shot the bear once. Then the bear began running toward his son, so he shot it again.

The Kentwood man reported the shooting to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Officials say hunting black bear is illegal in Kent County, but state law allows people to shoot wild animals in self-defense if there is imminent danger.

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