Man shoots, kills bear after it chased his dogs

Man shoots, kills bear after it chased his dogs
Sgt. Randy Hand stands next to the bear on Tuesday, May 28. (Photo by Oregon State Police)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A man shot and killed a bear outside his Klamath County home in Southern Oregon on Tuesday.

The man told police the bear tried to attack his dogs and then turned toward his home.

It happened near Round Lake, west of Klamath Falls. The man, who didn’t want his name released, said he heard his dogs barking and went outside, where he spotted a large bear chasing them.

The man told police he got his rifle and went back outside to see the bear, about 25 feet away, turn toward his house in an aggressive manner.

He shot the bear twice and it ran away. The man found it dead about 100 yards from his house.

His dogs were not hurt. Police said they found evidence that supported the man’s description of the incident.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists took the bear to the Klamath Tribes for dispersal to tribe members.

Oregon law allows landowners to use lethal force to defend themselves against a public health risk involving bears without obtaining a permit from ODFW.

Police said no crime was committed.