Nipawin area man kills bears after they entered home

By Brandon Graziano
October 3, 2017 - 12:25pm

A Nipawin area man said he's hoping the two black bears he killed don't prompt others to turn up.

Robert "Bud" Jardine said there was a large amount of bears that entered his property nearly two decades ago.

"This happens occasionally. Twenty years ago I had declared war of them. My children were in danger. Nothing good was happening. I killed 11 bears in two days at that time," Jardine said. 

The 80-year-old farmer from the RM of Torch River got a rather startling surpise Sunday night when a black bear entered his home, twice.

Jardine described it as a scary ordeal and knew he had no other choice but to shoot a bear that broke through his window.

"I noticed a few signs around the house that an animal entered the house," Jardine said. "At the time I wasn't sure if it was raccoons or something else. I then saw the deep freezer door ripped off and I immediately knew it was a bear."

Jardine had been helping a neighbour combine and didn't get home until 2 a.m. When he got back into his yard, he found more items dragged out of the house.

"I shined a light into where the bear entered my home and saw the bear there. Though he was a gentleman bear. The only destruction he did was the windows. He was in and out. It's an uncomfortable thing to have around your house," he said.

That was good news for Jardine, but his firearm and phone were in the house and impossible to get. A passing conservation officer helped put a piece of plywood over Jardine's window.

That's when more nasty business started with the bear.

"It was about 5:30 a.m. and I really didn't feel like going to bed that tired. So, I piled a bunch of dishes in front of the hole he came in from. The dishes were piled high and it would have to make a noise. So, two hours later I didn't wake up to the sound of dishes, I woke up to the sound of the plywood," he said.

Jardine found the bear inside the house once again and he took a shot. The bear backed away and Jardine tracked the animal into the forest only 50 feet where it died.

When he walked home, he then noticed another bear near his shed. He shot and killed that one too.

"You know at that time in the morning I would have been sleeping. If he came through the door, I knew he was going to kill me. I never saw a bear act like that before."


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