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A resident shot and killed a black bear early Wednesday morning after the bear invading a chicken coop.

According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, a wildlife officer received a phone call around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, from the resident which claimed that the bear and two cubs were inside their coop killing chickens.

The residence is located in the Riverbend subdivision near New Castle.

According to DOW spokesperson Randy Hampton, while the wildlife officer was driving to the scene, the resident called a second time saying that the bear was still in the coop. At that time, the wildlife officer authorized the resident to shoot the bear.

“A DOW wildlife officer authorized the landowner to put the bear down, and the landowner did so,” Hampton said.

Colorado law permits landowners to protect livestock with lethal force if needed. The law states: Nothing shall make it unlawful to trap, kill, or dispose of bears, mountain lions, or dogs without a permit in situations when it is necessary to prevent them from inflicting death, damage, or injury to livestock, real property, a motor vehicle, or human life.

“Basically, the property owner is within their right without our authorization to protect livestock or live property,” Hampton said.

The bear’s remains are property of the state and DOW did take possession of the bear and the meat will be donated. Hampton said that because it’s hunting season the DOW may be able to find someone with a bear license that will be willing to take the meat in trade for the hunt.

The two cubs ran off without being injured, Hampton said. The DOW is attempting to trap the cubs and take them to a rehabilitation center. “We will do what we can,” Hampton said.

However, Hampton indicated that the cubs are old enough to likely survive on their own.

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