80-year-old Sask. man shoots bear after it breaks into his home, twice in one night

Tuesday, 03 October 2017, 07:53:11 AM. An 80-year-old Saskatchewan farmer spent much of his day on Sunday fending off persistent black bears at his house, north of Nipawin.
When Robert "Bud" Jardine got home from combining at about 2 a.m. CST on Sunday, he knew right away that something was wrong. "I could see destruction had taken place," the 80-year-old said of his house in the RM of Torch River, north of Nipawin, Sask. "The blinds on the windows were dragged out... there was broken glass, there was material laying all over the place." Jardine could see his computer was on inside, but he couldn't see any movement, so he entered the house. That's when he heard the bear that was in there, too. "I thought, 'This is not too healthy. I'm on the wrong side of the building here,'" Jardine said. Robert "Bud" Jardine stands in front of his home in the RM of Torch River, north of Nipawin. (Submitted by Shannon Jardine) He stepped back out and into his truck. His guns were inside the house, with the bear. "So the bear was in charge," he said. "It's in my house and it's got my guns. So I'm a little bit helpless." To get cellphone service, Jardine drove up a hill. He called police who put him in touch with a conservation officer who said he would be there in 45 minutes. Jardine then drove back to his house and shone his truck lights onto the broken window above his kitchen sink. That seemed to frighten the bear, which looked out the window and then crawled up on his sink and backwards out the window before running away. When the conservation officer arrived, he and Jardine boarded up the broken window with plywood. The refrigerator in Robert Jardine's...Read more
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