Charges planned for man who killed bear in town

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Steamboat Springs, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors plan to file charges against a man who says he accidentally shot and killed a bear near his downtown Steamboat Springs home.

District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said Wednesday that Kent Nightwalker will face misdemeanor counts of wasting of wildlife, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

The bear was killed July 20 in an alley behind Nightwalker's house.

Nightwalker has said he was trying to shoot into the ground and scare the bear away but instead hit and killed the animal. He says police didn't respond to his 911 call earlier.

Nightwalker told the Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper he wasn't aware of the laws and that he didn't endanger anyone because no one else was present.

The bear, a male, weighed 200 to 300 pounds.

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