Man killed mother bear who was eating from bird feeder – 2 cubs orphaned

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Two bear cubs are orphans today after a man in Virginia shot and killed their mother. According to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a man in Amherst County killed their mother because she visited bird feeders on his property.

The heartbreaking story

According to the Wildlife Center, the man claims that he meant to scare the bear away with rubber buckshot, but he mistakenly used regular buckshot instead. Prior to shooting the bear, the man had complained about the bear visiting his bird feeders to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries – the agency had advised him to remove the food source from his property.

The orphaned bear cubs

The two orphaned bear cubs were taken in by the Wildlife Center on the day of the shooting; staff will care for them until they are old enough to be on their own next spring. Fox News reports that the two male bear cubs are in good condition.

Statement from the Wildlife Center

This tragic situation can be avoided. The Wildlife Center states:

Food sources like bird feeders can attract bears and result in dangerous situations for both bears and humans. Remove bird feeders between April and November, when birds do not need the extra food and bears are most active.

(Image of bear cub via Wildlife Center of Virginia)

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13 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    Killing that bear now, when she had cubs and it’s out of hunting season, was ILLEGAL.

    Charge this vile POS and put him in jail where he belongs!

    Leaving those bird feeders up under the circumstances, when he’d been WARNED because of the bear visiting them, was wrong. He might as well have rung the dinner bell! She’s a mother in need of food for her cubs, and I will guarantee they explained it’s the same as if he’d left his garbage out for her to rummage through!

    She died because he’s a complete a*****e who failed to eliminate the problem HE CAUSED!

    Thanks to the migration of coyotes into this area (I can hear them at night and have seen them), I now have to pick up the apples that fall from my tree every single day. Do I want to? NO, especially given the number of bees in my yard! Do I do it? You’d better believe it! I have 2 dogs whose lives depend upon me doing it. If I let them outside at night and didn’t see a coyote in the yard………….

    How hard can it be to remove bird feeders so a mother bear doesn’t come back to your yard to feed? The ignorant bastard belongs in jail.

  2. Adrienne says:

    So thanks to this jerk you have 2 orphaned bears who will be raised and then released in the spring when they can fend for themselves. This idiot got his answer as to what to do to stop the mama bear from eating from his bird feeder but removing it was not what he wanted to hear so he took matters into his own hands. Used the wrong bullets and now this bear is dead. Should be some type of criminal charges against what he did.

  3. Jan Barnes says:

    WTF! Is he insane??!! Grateful to the babies’ rescuers, but they should still have their mother!!! What a crime this is!!

  4. J. Martin says:

    If you would have removed the feeders OR even placed them higher up you stupid BASTARD you wouldn’t have orphaned 2 bear cubs.
    Nice job you POS!!!!! If you ask me you meant to KILL the bear. “I mistakenly used regular buckshot” FUCK YOU ASSHOLE!!!

      • Carol says:

        I agree. I am a legal gun owner and this asshole should lose his permit and all his guns. He should also be charged with felony animal cruelty.

  5. Marni Montanez says:

    He’s either a liar or a moron. why didn’t he just remove the food like they had told him??????????????

  6. Melissa Gurley says:

    What a jerk instead 9of doing what he was suppose to do take down the bird feeders he kills the mother instead I hope to hear he has been charged he purposely killed that mother he should not get away with this

  7. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    This is Horrible!!! There was absolutely no reason for him to shoot that bear. Especially when he knew she had cubs. He needs to be charged with this.

  8. Red says:

    Do not believe this old goat…..he knew what he was doing! Hold him responsible for making those cubs motherless!!!!!


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