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April 08, 2013
Massachusetts Man Criminally Charged After Shooting Backyard Bear - 5

Richard Ahlstrand of Auburn Massachusetts was criminally charged by local police after he shot a black bear that was eating bird seed in his backyard.

The 76-year-old man was feeding birds at about 9 p.m. at night when he heard a loud crash. This from WHDH News: “I grabbed my shotgun and I hit the safety off," said Ahlstrand.

Ahlstrand said he was defending himself when he killed a black bear behind his Auburn home.

'Walking toward [me] 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."

Ahlstrand was also rung up on an illegal possession of firearms charge as he didn't have proper license for the shotgun or rifle, according to WCVB.com.

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from schwings wrote 1 year 1 week ago

I was with the guy until it stated he was refilling a 55 gallon bird feeder at 9pm at night. Ya right. He was out for some bear steak not feeding birds.

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 1 week ago

What is this license to own a shotgun or rifle that you speak of? I agree that fifty gallon drum of bird seed seems questionable. If he is not a criminal how is it illegal to own a shotgun or rifle? Sounds like once again a basic God given right that is protected by our Constitution is stripped away from a citizen in a liberal state.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 1 week ago

A 50 GALLON bird feeder?!?!? His "birds" must've been four-legged and 300 pounds.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 1 week ago

You're right Bob Hansen, there isn't much to go on here. Apparently he didn't comply with Massachusets firearms regs and there isn't enough here to really come to any conclusion on the baiting issue.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 1 week ago

Hi...

Based only the limited info provided...it sounded like the gun owner got what he deserved...!!

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 1 week ago

A 50 GALLON bird feeder?!?!? His "birds" must've been four-legged and 300 pounds.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 1 week ago

Hi...

Based only the limited info provided...it sounded like the gun owner got what he deserved...!!

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 1 week ago

What is this license to own a shotgun or rifle that you speak of? I agree that fifty gallon drum of bird seed seems questionable. If he is not a criminal how is it illegal to own a shotgun or rifle? Sounds like once again a basic God given right that is protected by our Constitution is stripped away from a citizen in a liberal state.

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from schwings wrote 1 year 1 week ago

I was with the guy until it stated he was refilling a 55 gallon bird feeder at 9pm at night. Ya right. He was out for some bear steak not feeding birds.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 1 week ago

You're right Bob Hansen, there isn't much to go on here. Apparently he didn't comply with Massachusets firearms regs and there isn't enough here to really come to any conclusion on the baiting issue.

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