"My only thought was protecting my family."
Those were the words of Colorado homeowner Ken Mauldin.
Mauldin recently rocketed into national headlines for shooting a bear inside his home with a .40-caliber pistol.
Ken, who lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, awakened to hear his wife screaming:
"There's a bear in the house!" The Associated Press reported Kelly Mauldin saying.
"She walked to the door of the couple's bedroom and found herself staring at a male black bear weighing about 400 pounds — about 10 feet away in the dining room."
Mauldin grabbed his .40-caliber pistol and sprung into action.
He "took his wife's place at the door" and aimed for the center of the bear's body.
The bear probably wasn't hit by the first shot, and started charging right at Ken.
Ken started unloading his pistol as the bear got as close as five feet away from him and his family.
That's when the bear "crashed through a bannister" and "slid down the stairs, mortally wounded."
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