AUBURN (CBS SF) — Some NorCal neighbors are questioning whether a man should have shot and killed a bear that came into their yard.

The man said the 300-pound bear had eaten his chickens and he thought it was coming back for more.

One neighbor said killing the bear was probably a natural reaction, but Lea Pisarek questioned whether killing the animal was really necessary.

(Photo courtesy Earlene Olson)

(Photo courtesy Earlene Olson)

“I think the bear just came out because he was hungry,” said Pisarek. “I wish he’d give a second thought to killing the bear.”

The man said the bear had killed six of his chickens.