Sparta man who claimed self-defense is convicted of killing 3 bears

A Sussex County man who said that he shot three bears on his property to defend himself and his wife has been convicted of illegally

Robert Ehling was found guilty of killing three bears outside his home in Sparta. He claimed it was in self defense.

Robert Ehling was found guilty of killing three bears outside his home in Sparta. He claimed it was in self defense. (1/29/16)

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP - A Sussex County man who said that he shot three bears on his property to defend himself and his wife has been convicted of illegally killing them.

Robert Ehling, 76, of Sparta, was also found guilty Thursday of a weapons offense. Municipal Court Judge James Devine ordered him to pay more than $4,000 in penalties.

Devine says that Ehling’s actions in 2014 were those of a vigilante, and that there was no indication that even a game warden or police officer would have had the right to shoot the bears. 

The judge says that Ehling wasn't being threatened.

Defense attorney George Dagget says he's going to recommend that his client appeal the judge's decision.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Interview with mother of transgender girl 1 VIDEO: Interview with mother of transgender girl
The body of Trupal Patel, 29, was found 2 Discovery of body in Wall prompts murder investigation
This is a sketch of a suspect wanted 3 Police impersonator sought in New Milford
Jersey Weekend Buzz 4 Jersey Weekend Buzz
A small helicopter made a hard landing in 5 Helicopter wrecked after hard landing in Chatham

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The trial of a Sussex County man accused Sussex County bear killing trial concludes

The trial of a 78-year-old Sussex County man who shot and killed three bears from

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE