MOOSE, Wyo. — Investigators at Grand Teton National Park are continuing to probe last week’s killing of a charging grizzly bear by members of an elk-hunting party.
Jackie Skaggs is spokeswoman for Grand Teton. She says Monday that investigators haven’t concluded yet whether they will classify the hunters’ killing of the adult, male grizzly bear on Thanksgiving morning as justifiable self-defense.
Skaggs says the National Park Service isn’t releasing the names or hometowns of the three hunters, aged 48, 20 and 17. She says none of the hunters was hurt.
The incident marks the first time a hunter has killed a grizzly bear in decades of elk population-reduction hunts at the park in northwestern Wyoming. The shooting occurred along the east side of the Snake River near Teton Point Overlook.