Black bears bluff charge all the time. It’s what they do. This bear most likely had been habituated to food set out by careless homeowners who need to make up their minds if they want to live in a rural area or a manicured suburb, and then adjust their behavior accordingly. Any homeowner who knows there are bears prowling about and persists in setting out food is reckless — endangering himself, others, and inevitably the bear. A fed bear is a dead bear.
If this homeowner lives in an incorporated town with other residences close by, it is reckless and possibly unlawful to be discharging a firearm unless his life is threatened. Being pestered by a bear lured onto your property because you baited your backyard is not a threat to life. It’s an inconvenience. I think the guy’s a jerk.
Finally: in bear country there are frequently laws against setting out food or trash that will attract bears to populated areas. Just saying.
Agreed, most towns around here in southern NH advise you to take down your bird feeders this time of year to keep nuisance bears from trashing your bird feeders after they come out of hibernation.
Also, most towns/states have a law about discharging a firearm within 500’ of another residence. I believe this is why the guy is in trouble.
Get a grip on reality, Rommie.
Contrary to what the Animal Panderers Goonion members told, you, having a bird feeder is not “baiting bear”.
Good try, though.