Charges against a North Idaho man accused of illegally killing a male grizzly bear have been dropped.
33-year-old Jeremy Hill, shot and killed a male grizzly bear at his home in May. He pleaded not guilty last month to the accusation of killing the federally protected species. He claimed he was protecting his children when three bears entered his property near Porthill, Idaho.
In response, Governor Butch Otter issued a statement encouraging action against the current Endangered Species Act.