By Lissa Harris
A Cairo man was recently charged with off-season poaching for shooting a 150-pound black bear near his house on May 29, according to officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Joseph Budz, 40, admitted to shooting the bear, and agreed to pay $752.50 to the Cairo Town Court to settle the misdemeanor charge in a civil compromise.
According to DEC officials, a necropsy showed that the bear was killed while moving away from the shooter, and died from a single gunshot wound. The bear was reportedly not acting in an aggressive or destructive manner.