Did you hear the one about the man who shot a bear in his
It seems that earlier this year, Mr. Jeremy Hill of Idaho shot a young male grizzly when the bear appeared with two others in the yard where his children were playing. Mr. Hill promptly grabbed a rifle and protected his children by shooting the bear.
Since the grizzly is a protected species, Mr. Hill promptly called the state Department of Fish and Game, reporting what had happened. According to the Spokesman Review:
Boundary County Prosecutor Jack Douglas has sent a letter to media outlets with his account of the May 8 grizzly bear shooting that has resulted in federal charges against Jeremy Hill, 33, of Porthill, Idaho.
Douglas said neither he nor the Idaho Fish ad [sic] Game Department was involved in filing charges against Hill and makes the case that Hill never should have been charged.
But suddenly, Mr. Hill finds himself facing a large fine and possible prison time for protecting his family, an action which the wildlife officials agreed was appropriate:
Boundary County commissioners … issued a news release, saying that Idaho Fish and Game officials had recommended against filing charges in the case, and that local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials had concurred.
Well then, who brought charges against Mr. Hill?
Joan Jewett, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Portland, said she couldn’t comment on the case specifically. In general, however, “we do an investigation and turn over our information and evidence to the U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Attorney makes the decision on whether to prosecute or not.”
So our Department of Justice, who refuses to prosecute things like voter fraud and illegal immigration, is tackling the really hard cases like the recent dramatic Gibson Guitar raid, and prosecuting a man for protecting his family from bears. We’re in the very best of hands.
Oh, the irony of a man prosecuted by the Obama administration for behaving like Sarah Palin’s prototypical mama grizzly!