A Bella Coola resident has come under hot fire since a video of him shooting a grizzly bear in his yard was posted online.
54 year-old Lawrence Michalchuk says the bear and its three cubs had been living on his property for days prior to the incident.
Michalchuk said the bears had become territorial, and he had done what he had out of a fear for his family.
According to the fishery worker, who has been hunting since childhood, he first attempted to scare the bear away, but those efforts failed.
Michalchuk did not kill the bear, but rather shot it in the leg before it eventually chased him back in to his home and left the property days later.