Fish and Game says man legally shot Russian River Bear

Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wrapping up their investigation, state and federal agencies have concluded that a man legally shot a black bear on the Russian River over the weekend.

In the Sunday incident, Philip Rickard of Anchorage shot a young male bear that was considered nonaggressive and a familiar presence along the river. He said he feared the bear would attack his daughter.

Rickard, 35, will not be prosecuted for wanton taking of game. Investigators closed the case after determining that it was a legitimate defense shooting, and if not that, it would have been a legal hunt.

Rickard holds a valid resident's hunting license, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Judged as a hunt, the taking of the bear complied with Fish and Game regulations, said agency spokesman Bruce Bartley.

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