No charges for man who shot bear in his backyard

Posted at 4:07 PM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 18:07:54-04

A Fort Collins man who shot a bear in order to protect his dog will not be charged for killing the animal, a spokesperson with the Larimer County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. 

"After a complete review of all of the evidence, there is no evidence that Mr. Richards intended to violate Colorado wildlife statutes," said Jodi Lacey, executive assistant of the District Attorney. 

Back on Aug. 20, Andrew Richards shot a bear with a rifle after his dog got into a fight with the animal who was reportedly lying in the backyard not too far way. 

Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPAW) then ticketed Richards. "The rule of thumb is you can't kill a wild animal for attacking your pets,” said CPW spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill at the time.

Richards was facing several allegations including unlawful take of wildlife, unlawful possession of wildlife and unlawful discharge of a firearm in a careless manner. The DA's decision, however, means Richards will not face any charges.