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Troopers Determine Bear Killing Was Justified
Authorities have determined that a hiker was justified in shooting and killing a brown bear.
ANCHORAGE- Authorities have determined that a hiker was justified in shooting and killing a brown bear.
The hiker, who was alone, came across the bear Sunday along the Turnagain Arm trail, and the animal charged him.
Alaska State Troopers say the investigation has determined the shooting falls under defense of life and property.
Troopers won't identify the hiker, and the defense of life and property investigation is not a public record.
The hiker shot 13 rounds from an AK-74 at the bear from about 25 feet away. The hiker wasn't injured.
Officials say the bear was skinned and the head removed. But a large portion of the carcass remains about 100 yards off the trail south of Anchorage, and likely will attract other bears. Part of the trail remains closed.
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