A California man is lucky to be alive after shooting a bear who managed to break into his home and attack him.
The event happened at 10:39 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, near Meyers, California, some 100 miles east of Sacramento, when the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department got a report from a man who said he was assaulted inside his own home by a bear and had to shoot the animal in self-defense.
The bear escaped from the home and raced back into the woods after being shot, according to the sheriff, but despite signs that the bear was wounded, it was not found until the next morning.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife discovered the critically injured bear and killed it on June 25th, 2021 during the early hours, according to a statement released by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
Local residents told ABC News’ San Francisco affiliate KGO that bear sightings are quite regular in the region, and that visitors from out of town are to fault for not taking the required steps to avoid occurrences like this one.
After the incident, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation but found that the homeowner shot the bear properly and will not face any charges.
The Sheriff’s Office stated, “We advise all residents to educate themselves with bear contact safety tips.”