California man preparing criminal defense in bear poaching case

California residents who face criminal charges sometimes find the court system an intimidating prospect. Those who arm themselves with sufficient knowledge regarding the charges that they face, including the American justice system in general and the evidence being presented against them, often find that the criminal defense process becomes less frightening. One California man is now dealing with the court system first hand after being accused of illegally killing a mother bear.

Authorities reportedly came across the man attempting to sell two bear cubs that he said were the offspring of a mother bear that he had shot in self-defense when she charged him on his property. The California Department of Fish and Game apparently do not believe the man's claims, however, because officials have since leveled criminal charges against the man. While self-defense is allowed to mitigate the stiff penalties that can be assessed for bear poaching, prosecutors appear set to proceed with the case against this man.

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