Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve have released no new details or information regarding the fatal shooting of a grizzly bear by a hiker on Friday in the 6-million-acre park south of Fairbanks.
Park officials on Tuesday still had not released the name of the hiker who shot the bear, and rangers are investigating the shooting to determine if it was justified, according to park spokeswoman Kris Fister. She did not say if the park service was contemplating criminal charges against the shooter.
A new law passed by Congress in February made it legal to carry firearms in the area of the park where the bear was shot but illegal to discharge them. Rangers said it was the first known instance of a grizzly bear being shot by a visitor in the wilderness portion of Denali, formerly called Mount McKinley National Park.
Without the gun, would this have been one of the extremely rare bear killings that happen every once in a while? Or, like it could happen in any DGU, did the shooter exaggerate the danger afterwards to justify his actions?
They said this was the first reported incident since the new law. I wonder how many unreported incidents there have been, how many road signs and trees now have bullet holes in them.
What's your opinion? Is the right to carry guns in National Parks doing more good than harm? Is this story an example of that?
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