Joseph Giegling
Vail, CO, Colorado

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September 27, 2012
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Vail Daily letter: Why I shot the bear

I am the resident who shot the sow in Eby Creek Mesa. I'd just like to start by apologizing to the residents who enjoyed the bear.

Trust me, I didn't want to see her die, either. My intent is not to kill every bear in the country, but I have a family to protect. My son is only 2 months old, and my wife would never even know how to load a gun - God forbid that she ever woke up to a bear in the house.

The only reason I put the bear down that morning is because when I flipped the porch light on, instead of running away, the sow started towards me in an aggressive manner. She was within two yards of my doorway that I was standing in.

I didn't know her intent, but I was stricken with fear for my life and the lives of my family, so I shot her.

Trust me, I am a veteran of foreign wars with the U.S. Army, and I take no life for granted. But when it comes to the protection of me and my family, I will always do what I have to to keep them safe from all harm.

So that said, I'd again like to apologize to my neighbors and residents for what had happened and hope they can understand.

Joseph Giegling

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