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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Man Fined $2,000.00 For Shooting Bear In Back Yard

Man Found Guilty of Killing Black Bear
WHTM-TV
Newport, Pa. - A district judge has slapped an additional fine of $1,500 on a Perry County man who says he was defending himself and his dog when he shot a black bear at his home last month.

Judge Daniel McGuire today found 27-year-old Dustin Lauver guilty on a charge of illegally taking or possessing game or wildlife.

Lauver, who lives in a rural area near Newport, says he heard something fighting with his dog and went outside early in the morning to investigate. He says he fired two warning shots with a .22 caliber rifle but soon saw something coming at him and fired again, soon realizing that he had shot and killed the bear. More...

18 comments :

Anonymous said...

He should have slapped him a little harder. Hmmmm....... two warning shots in the air? should have got him with wreckless endanderment along with all the other violations he had.

What a dip-shit

Anonymous said...

Where did you get up in the air from?
This is the most ridiculous case ever.

"He says he fired two warning shots with a .22 caliber rifle but soon saw something coming at him and fired again, soon realizing that he had shot and killed the bear"

Anonymous said...

Being honest costs alot of money!shoot,shovel,shutup!

Anonymous said...

must have been a small bear to get killed with a 22 rifel that is a very small gun to kill a bear with.

Anonymous said...

Obviously you don't know where to shoot them if you think a .22 won't bring down a bear. Also, thank you for printing this story because now i know that honesty is not what the game commision wants. I will Shoot, shovel and shut up every time from now on. This fine is just a way to tell all law abiding citizens that the gov't will screw you for being honest.I would help the guy pay the fine if i had his address!!!

Mr Realistic said...

I would chip in on the fine also. This is a bunch of B.S. The day has come that you can't legally protect yourself and your loved ones....in this case the dog.

Anonymous said...

I don't see a big deal shooting the bear under the circumstances but to shoot at "something" coming at you with out identifying it is a little crazy. At least know what you are shooting at before you pull the trigger.

Anonymous said...

I hope Judge McGuire never ever has to be forced to protect himself...I totally agree with the honesty end of it as well.

Anonymous said...

It's "OK" for some farmers to shot them if they are in their corn !

Anonymous said...

Lovely. Obviously a district justice that has never lived in the country. I'd get a decent lawyer and beat that one in court!

Anonymous said...

So, who gets the $1500 to replace the bear? Does the Game Commission hand it over to another female bear because last I knew there's no other way to "replace a bear". Maybe if the greedy Game Commission hadn't made a separate license to take a bear, we wouldn't have these type of incidents.

Anonymous said...

I could not find his address by seaching on the internet. If someone better than I, could locate an address I would chip in also.

Anonymous said...

What a crock.... I WILL NEVER TELL THE GAME COMMISH THE TRUTH!

Anonymous said...

I am in the process of getting an address for Dustin Lauver, but, I must wait for an answer to my request.
I am also going to send him some money to help him out. I don't want some children to suffer because of an outrageous fine.
But, I would like to know where his $1500 donation will be used.
Does make one wonder, doesn't it??

Anonymous said...

I got to wonder, if he just let the bear maul his dog, if he would of been charged with animal neglect & more, seems like a damned if you do damned if you don't situation. If he was doing something illegal he wouldn't had reported it to the Game Commission. I hardly wonder why so many have no respect for law enforcement officers.

Anonymous said...

I found his story sort of inconsistent and not only did he lose his case in court, they tacked on another $500. I'm not so sure I would go on just just his version of the events.
From where he was standing when he said he shot the bear, you could clearly see the dog. He said he was afraid for his dog when he shot it although he couldn't tell if it was a bear or not. He also said the bear charged him when he fired warning shots which is pretty unusual.
I wonder what we don't know.

Anonymous said...

My guess is what we don't know is what kind of Public Pretender this guy had for represendtation.

The police and game commissioners have much experience in court, but I doubt this poor fellow does.

It's quite intimidating being in a court room when you are the one accused.

If you don't have a good lawyer, you're screwed, and that is probably what happened with this fellow.

Now, while we cannot have the Magistrate reverse the charges, we should write and call and voice our support!

Maybe she could atleast reduce the fine.

Remember, some officials are elected into position, always remember that when voicing your concerns!

Anonymous said...

If this is true to what the man said happened, I would of done the same. My question is ok he shot a bear out of season but atleast the bear was 200 pounds. so far seens bear season opened up a man shot a bear that was only a baby weighing around 25 pounds. now if you ask me I think we need the laws rewriten. You cant shoot a bear out of season when your defending yourself but yet you can shoot a baby?