Report: Famous Yellowstone bear shot at close range in 2015

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    June 29, 2017 9:33 p.m.

    Ms. Brekken can respond however she likes when she is confronted at very close range by a 500+ pound grizzly. Her Monday-morning quarterbacking is beyond laughable, it is downright offensive.

    The investigation and necropsy confirmed the hunter's account of shooting in lawful, moral, self-defense. No charges were filed. And it isn't like wildlife officials are reticent to bring charges when they are warranted.

    For the PETA-crowd, "common sense" includes never hunting or fishing and probably avoiding bear country altogether lest we trespass into a bear's living room.

    This bear was nearing the end of his natural life and would have died of natural causes (or been killed by some other predator as it grew older and weaker) within a couple of years of his death. The hunter may well have provided a far more humane death than nature would have, and not all that prematurely.

    Human is alive, aggressive bear is dead. I'm glad the human the bear decided to attack was able to defend himself, rather than becoming bear food. I suspect PETA-types prefer the latter. I'm much better with the former outcome.