Stupid person, hope they let the bear go!
How sad that they will have to put down this bear because of one stupid person's actions. I hate to see the bears in the zoo and such, but wouldn't that be a better option?
Yes, it really is a crime and a shame that bear has to be killed because of some stupid idiot that is supposed to have more common sence than a "wild animal."
This law that states every bear that attackes a person in any National Park must be destroyed, makes about as much sence as the law that gives this person that enters these National Parks, the right to carry firearms into these parks......it kinda makes you wonder who congers up these bills?
I think the injured party needs to be fined for violating park protocal, and the bear needs to be re-located somewhere else inside the park boundries.
Why doesn't this send him into the criminal justice system, or at least sustain him a very heavy fine? Wow, what a dumb*ss.
agreed-- move the bear if necessary do not KILL it for something not his/her fault. A HUGE fine needs to go to the idiot tourist! Seriously-- start passing out $10,000 fines to the morons who get too close and maybe that will curb the stupid behavior?
The problem is that if the bear is habituated at all, which it might be, within a few days it'll be right back to the location it was in. After coming into contact with a human once, it is more likely to do it again. Or at least that's the logic. I think it's a park service that makes that decision and they're usually fairly intelligent about those sorts of things.
I agree about the big fine, though. Make that law and publicize it when it's enforced and that might get people's attention.
ah... so the bear will return. GRRRR I understand the park's need to keep people safe. Is just that this was entirely preventable.
I personally would've bitten more than a toe if someone was getting in my face to take photos! :)
I am serious about the huge fine. I think that would make people stop doing this.
Right on! That's a pretty forgiving bear for just going for a little love bite on the foot.
The story said it was a 60 pound bear, so I wonder if it was just a baby? If so, they are lucky mama wasn't close by or it might have been more than a nip on the foot.
It's being discussed here, too. There are several links to more stories. Apparently, there is a movement to save the bear's life.
Yes, unfortunately the bear must pay the ultimate price and the DA person gets off scot free and has probably already consulted an attorney on the best way to get money out of the park service.
Double worse is that this same bear or one very similar has been panhandling in the area, probably never reported to the rangers because the humans thought it was 'cute' ...ya boy, sure will look cute all stretched out and dead.