But while charges won't bring the little cubs back, the tragedy stands as a harsh reminder of the responsibilities humans need to take on when living near animals.
Surprisingly, unsecured trash cans are one of the biggest human risks to black bears. Once bears realize humans hand out food, they lose the desire to forage for themselves and spend more time around developed areas.
Of course, most homeowners don't shoot at bears who enter their property. But the more time bears spend around humans, the more likely it is that incidents like this will happen - or that wildlife officials will put a bear down as a "nuisance" animal.
It appears this homeowner didn't take the precaution of using bear-proof trash cans, which would have stopped the animals from lingering on his property, making the incident all the more senseless.
And while it might not seem like it, this mother bear actually lucked out - Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the local sheriff's department teamed up to ensure that she left the area safely. Many wildlife departments aren't so kind, especially when bears are in human neighborhoods.