Officials are investigating the Thanksgiving Day killing of a charging grizzly bear by three members of a hunting party who were stalking elk in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Jackie Skaggs, public affairs director for the park, told the Los Angeles Times that investigators haven't concluded yet whether they will classify the hunters' killing of the adult, male grizzly bear as justifiable self-defense.
“We don’t really suspect foul play,” she told The Times. “We’re just doing our due diligence that we do each time an animal is killed, especially on the endangered species list.”
She said the National Park Service isn't releasing the names or hometowns of the three hunters, ages 48, 20 and 17. She says none of the hunters was hurt, but they were shaken by the encounter that occurred along the east side of the Snake River near Teton Point Overlook.