Aggressive Bear Shot

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, May 28 2013 at 5:05 PM, Updated: Tue, May 28 2013 at 5:13 PM

A Klamath Falls man started off his day by having to shoot an angry bear...

Sergeant Randall Hand of the Oregon State Police says the incident began just before 5 this morning at a home in the Round Lake area, when a homeowner was awakened by his dogs barking...

"Stepped outside to take a look, and this bear was actually chasing the dogs."

The homeowner, who has requested to remain anonymous, had his wife get a rifle...he hit the bear with his first shot.

"The bear was only 20, 25 feet away from him - kind of snarled, and kind of gave him a charge, and he shot."  Notes Sgt. Hand.  "The bear turned and ran away, and he fired another shot and the bear collapsed."

It's estimated that the male brown bear weighs between 350 and 400 pounds, and was an older bear in its teens.

There's evidence the bear had been getting into garbage in the area.

The homeowner notified police after the shooting, and police have confirmed his story.

Sergeant Hand says the homeowner was justified in defending his property...

"It was a problem for his family, it was a problem for his pets, and what he did was legal."

The bear's remains have been taken to the Klamath Tribes for processing in a traditional manner.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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