ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A backpacker shot and killed a grizzly bear with his handgun in Alaska's Denali National Park, officials said.My first reaction is, "Why are you carrying a .45 caliber pistol in grizzly bear country? Did you want to upset the grizzly bear?" But it apparently worked, somewhat to my surprise.
A man and woman reported that they were hiking Friday evening when the bear emerged from trailside brush and charged the woman, park spokeswoman Kris Fister said in a statement.
The man fired nine rounds from his .45 caliber, semiautomatic pistol at the animal, which then stopped and walked into the brush.
Monday, May 31, 2010
This Guy Is Glad The Law Changed, I'm Sure
A backpacker in Denali National Park, Alaska, apparently took advantage of the change in federal law allowing the carrying of firearms in national parks. From May 31, 2010 Associated Press: