Steamboat Springs I am married to the "bear killer," and I know the whole story of the incidents before and after the accidental shooting July 20. Kent tried to do the right thing by calling 911 to report the bear in the trash behind our house, but neither the police nor DOW responded. It was 10 p.m., and he was trying to load the car in order to leave the next day for his business trip, so (after getting no help from the officials) he decided to scare the bear off by shooting his rifle into the gravel behind the bear. It was eating from the trash container and was partially hidden from view. After the warning shot, and the bear didn't run away, Kent gave up and came inside. He left the next day for his trip as planned and learned later that the bear was shot and killed. While in Montana, he called Jim Haskins at the Division of Wildlife and voluntarily came forward with what he had done. My husband is not a contemplative murderer! He admitted his mistake and now is trying to put things right. I've read all the negative comments from readers and pray that you'll open your hearts to forgive my husband of his wrongdoing. I can assure you, it won't happen again.