|Man shoots bear, faces animal abuse charge|
|Published on Saturday December 17, 2011 - 11:02 PM|
The young black bear had wandered into the backyard of 29-year-old Florence resident Blake Christensen, who grew up in the coastal town of Tillamook. He says it's natural on the coast to shoot bears if they're on a person's property.
The bear died about 20 minutes after being shot, the Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/vaOiOe ).
State wildlife law permits killing a wild animal that is causing damage or is a public nuisance.
A state trooper decided not to press charges, but Florence city prosecutor Floyd Prozanski charged Christensen with first-degree animal abuse
Christensen hired an attorney and says he will fight the charge.