A real problem in this part of the country—he was in MA—is that you couldn’t count on a jury of your peers automatically throwing this out.
He’s a vet that owns a guns? Does he even have peers in MA??
It’s not just back east. In CO, a neighbor of ours kept having repeat visits by a bear, each one more brazen than the last. Dept Wildlife shrugged their shoulders when the guy called to ask for assistance.
After the bear followed them into the home, the guy shot him. Called DOW and they were out in 30 minutes. The guy narrowly escaped being charged because DOW said the bear was running away when he shot it. I think if he hadn’t called the DOW on that earlier incident he would’ve been in some real trouble.