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Boise, ID - U.S. Senator Jim Risch issued the following statement on the criminal charges filed against Jeremy Hill of Porthill, Idaho, for shooting a grizzly bear on his property in May of this year.

"The federal case against Mr. Hill for shooting a grizzly that was on his property, where he believed he was protecting his family, is another example for the need to reform the Endangered Species Act. Protection of your family and property has been sacrosanct since this country was formed. What Mr. Hill did was not a criminal act in the court of common sense. My hope is that common sense prevails in this case."