Bear Shooting in Denali National Park First in History

The National Park Service is reviewing a bear shooting incident in Denali National Park.  A man shot and killed a grizzly he says charged his partner Friday night along Tattler Creek, about 35 miles out the park Road.  The Park Service reports it was the first bear shooting by a visitor in Denali history.

The National Park Service has not identified the hikers involved in the bear killing, but says they reported what happened immediately. Fister says the bear shooter may get a reprieve from the law, if the killing is determined to have been in defense of life.  She says the Park can defer to state statute which allows defense of life and property wildlife shooting, but an investigation will determine if that’s appropriate.

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

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