Hunting

Person charged with killing a bear after the end of the hunting season

Published: 01/27/2022 14:42:57

Modified: 01/27/2022 14:41:40

A Massachusetts resident has been charged with unlawfully killing a female bear in his backyard with a bow and arrow after hunting season ended.

Massachusetts Environmental Police said in a Facebook post Wednesday that the murder took place in late 2021 in Ashburnham.

The agency said a person reported to state officials that the bear was killed on the Monday after bear season ended, but they didn’t realize the season was over.

Responding officers observed a one-year-old cub standing in the bed of the truck with the deceased bear and a second one-year-old cub was found nearby.

The agency later determined that the person had attempted to have the bear illegally processed in neighboring New Hampshire, but the butcher determined that the bear had been killed out of season, refused to process it, and contacted New Hampshire. Fish and Game.

Police say the person eventually admitted to shooting the mother bear with a bow and arrow as she ate birdseed in the backyard of their home.

The agency charged the person, whom it did not name, with multiple criminal charges, including illegally taking a black bear; hunting when the season is closed; falsification of harvest report data; exporting a bear illegally out of state and other crimes.

Police say the bow was seized and the bear was donated to a local rod and gun club.