"The bear, of interest, charged the person without the handgun. It was the other person with the handgun that killed it."
by Kneeland Taylor, Vice president, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Anchorage
June 1, 2010
To the editor:
A grizzly bear was shot and killed by a hiker in Denali National Park on Memorial Day weekend. This was the first bear killed by a hiker in the park in decades and is the result of Congress passing a law to allow firearms in national parks. Firearms were previously prohibited.
I was in the park on Memorial Day weekend, and I saw several bears, including one up close. I am always amazed that bears only charge people who carry firearms, and leave alone those of us who do not. I have hiked and camped in Denali and many parts of Alaska for 35 years, and have yet to have had a problem
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