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EVERGREEN, Colo. -- A homeowner fatally shot two bear cubs early Tuesday morning after seeing them and the mother bear going through his trash, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials said the homeowner in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive saw the bears about 5:15 a.m.

He fired two rubber bullets from his shotgun in an attempt to scare them off. His dog then ran into the area, and the man, 40, became concerned and fired a live round.

The shot hit both cubs, instantly killing one of them. The second cub had to be euthanized by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers. The mother bear went across the street and into a tree.

The live round also went through a neighbor's window, but no one was injured, the sheriff's office said.

The man, who has not been identified, will be charged with two misdemeanor counts of hunting out of season and one felony counts of illegal discharge of a firearm, the sheriff's office said.

The mother bear finally came down from the tree and left the area sometime Tuesday evening after about 15 hours, wildlife officials said.

Deputies blocked off part of Lupine Drive while they waited for the mother bear to come down safely.

Jefferson County Schools asked parents to pick up students at the end of the day as a precaution and not let them walk home.

The Jefferson County Schools this applied to are listed below.

  • Evergreen High School
  • Parmalee Elementary School
  • Wilmot Elementary School
  • Rocky Mountain Academy Of Evergreen
  • Evergreen Middle School
  • Bergen¬† Meadow Primary ¬†School
  • Bergen Valley Intermediate School

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office shared the tips on its Facebook page about how to handle an encounter with bears.