An elderly man was arrested for shooting a bear in his Auburn, Massachusetts backyard. Richard Ahlstrand, age 76, reportedly shot the bear out of fear for his life.

Ahlstrand was out in the yard replenishing the seed in his bird feeders. He heard something moving around and noticed a black bear had wandered into his yard. He reportedly went back inside his home, retrieved his shotgun, and killed the bear.

As reported by the Washington Times, Ahlstrand has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm, failure to secure a weapon, illegally baiting a bear, and illegally killing a bear.

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