Vail Daily letter: Why I shot the bear |

Vail Daily letter: Why I shot the bear

Joseph Giegling
Vail, CO, Colorado

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.

Support Local Journalism

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

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Vail, Beaver Creek and Eagle Valley make the Vail Daily’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User