This was a story in the Cols Dispatch. My question is why would he have to pay the $1,000 in restitution if he was protecting his family from a wild animal on his own property?? Is there more to this story? COSHOCTONA charge of shooting an endangered animal was dismissed against a man who killed a 2-year-old black bear outside his home in July. John Tanksley, 35, said he shot the bear after it charged him and his girlfriend on the front porch of their home while they were trying to get the family dog away from the animal. Prosecutors dismissed the charge yesterday after Tanksley agreed to pay $1,000 in restitution to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He had faced up to a year in prison for the misdemeanor charge. Tanksley shot the male bear three times with a rifle about 2 a.m. July 23 outside his home near Bakersville in eastern Coshocton County. The gun was confiscated after the shooting but was returned to Tanksley yesterday. Wildlife officials said the bear went in the yard to forage for food in a garbage barrel that Tanksley kept on the property.