BOISE -- Federal prosecutors say they have dropped a misdemeanor filed against a north Idaho man accused of illegally shooting and killing a male grizzly bear at his home in May.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced the decision Wednesday in the case against 33-year-old Jeremy Hill.

Hill pleaded not guilty last month to unlawfully taking a federally protected species, and his case generated public and political backlash against federal officials. Hill claimed he was protecting his children when three bears walked on to his property near Porthill.

As part of a deal, Hill agreed his actions violated a regulation of the Endangered Species Act and paid a $1,000 fine.

Olson says investigators were unable to determine the location of Hill's children at the time the bears were first seen in Hill's yard.

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