A Loveland man accused of illegally killing and eating a bear will likely avoid prison time after admitting to four of 24 hunting-related criminal charges. Paul Detwiler took a plea deal with prosecutors to serve intensive-supervised probation or community corrections. Detwiler says he shot the bear because he feared for the safety of his daughters. He admitted to a felony of illegally possessing a gun and lesser charges of taking a black bear, illegally possessing wildlife and trapping. Detwiler was accused of poaching at least two mule deer and six pronghorns and using banned traps to catch and kill raccoons, skunks and other wildlife in addition to shooting the bear. See more of this story in the Coloradoan
and Todd Harding's earlier story on Detwiler.