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Sep 6, 2012 11:37 AM by Lauren Molenburg

Man pays $1,400 fine for killing bear in tree

ASPEN (AP) - A Pitkin County man has paid a fine of nearly $1,400 for killing a mother bear in a tree near his home.

The Aspen Daily News reports state wildlife officers cited 49-year-old Brian Heeney for unlawful taking of wildlife after the August 20 incident.

The officers captured the bear's two cubs.

Heeney told the newspaper he wouldn't comment. He provided a letter he sent his neighbors apologizing for the incident. He wrote that the bear had a history of aggression and his safety was in jeopardy.

The wildlife officers' report said Heeney's dogs had run barking into the woods, and Heeney pursued with a shotgun.

The report said the bear climbed the tree after Heeney hit it with beanbag rounds, and Heeney fired buckshot when it appeared to be descending.

Information from: Aspen Daily News

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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