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Police charge two men after killing bear with shotgun

Nov 02, 2022 12:30 am

The Daily Freeman reports that a local hunter was charged with shooting a female bear with a bow, then tracking it with two other people who then used a shotgun to kill the animal. The incident occurred in Rochester, Ulster Co., on October 8, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC received a phone call, reporting that the hunter posted photos of himself and his two accomplices with the bear and a shotgun on social media. The caller told police the same bear was seen eating out of trash dumpsters in the area with its cubs. When interviewed by environmental conservation officers, the hunter allegedly admitted to shooting the bear as it was feeding on the trash and confirmed that he and two others had killed it, police said. The three men were not identified by the DEC. Officers seized the bear’s hide and meat and then issued the hunter several tickets for the unlawful take of black bear, hunting with the aid of a pre-established bait pile and possessing a firearm afield during the special archery season, according to police. Two of the hunters were released with tickets for Rochester Town Court. Charges are pending against the third person. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.