One New Jersey homeowner's instinct to protect his family will now be heard in court.
On a quiet morning in quaint Sparta Township, New Jersey, screams rang out as an intruder attempted to break through a glass back door. Homeowner Robert Ehling responded to the screams of his wife and saw a large black bear attempting to break through the glass.
What happened next has landed Mr. Ehling in a New Jersey courthouse defending his side of the story.
In a nation where self-defense has become almost a daily topic of conversation, a New Jersey court now has to decide whether what happened to the Ehlings last year was a case of self-defense or out-of-season hunting.
With substantial grey area surrounding what really happened that day, Mr. Ehling has made one thing perfectly clear: he refuses to plead guilty to something he didn't do.
The court date is set for sometime at the end of this month.
What would you do if there were three black bears looking to come through your back door?