Hunt/Fish- Youth Kill Charging Grizzly Bear

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 10.17.53 AMFederal prosecutors have decided not to file charges against two young elk hunters after investigators concluded they acted in self-defense when they shot and killed a grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park last fall, park officials announced Thursday.

The bear charged the two and their father from 42 yards on Thanksgiving Day. First, the father fired bear spray at the animal. The sons opened fire when the bear was 10 feet away.

Three bullets — one to the back and two to the head — brought down the 534-pound male practically at the hunters’ feet.

“The hunters were in the correct hunting area with appropriate hunting licenses,” John Powell, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne, said by email. “They immediately reported the incident and cooperated fully with the investigation by US Fish and Wildlife officers.”

Grand Teton is one of the few national parks that allow hunting. The grizzly was the first killed by hunters since Grand Teton was established in its current boundaries in 1950. The park’s annual fall elk hunt, held all but two years since then, is intended to help limit the size of the local elk population.

Grand Teton officials did not identify the hunters, but the Jackson Hole News & Guide previously identified them as David Trembly, 48, of Dubois, and his 20- and 17-year-old sons, who remain unidentified.

Trembly did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

A grandfather of the boys, Dwayne Trembly, of Cheyenne, said Thursday he was about 300 yards away from the trio when the grizzly was shot. The elder Trembly said trees blocked his view of what happened.

He said he had already heard that investigators had exonerated his grandsons.

“They complimented the boys on how well they did because the bear was within eight feet of one of them,” Dwayne Trembly told The Associated Press.

Read more: abcnews.go.com

  • marineh2ominer

    WOW ! Great job boys , and not just for taking out the big bada–ed bear , thanks also for making PETA and the anti-hunting crowd so petulant and spastic . You guys made my day .

  • Flyingguns

    That bear aint gonna be waving to visitors anytime soon lol

  • kevreg

    Wyoming boys. I have a Wyoming girl.

  • $26338561

    Some how, I don’t think it was after any pic-a-nic baskets.

  • Bill Harmon

    Oh my, oh my–they didn’t follow the expert advice that has been given lately. They didn’t lift their shotgun and fire it twice into the air Nor did they simply blow their rape whistle. Nor did they just wet their pants. Why, how politically incorrect of them. How dare they act like normal people instead of liberals? shame on them. Senator DiFi will have to propose a new gun regulation just to protect us against such murderous thugs!

  • Bill Harmon

    But the real problem was that this area did not have its “Gun-Free Zone” signs. If the signs were in place (and somebody taught the bear to read) then the bear would never have attacked in the first place!!!

  • MyronJPoltroonian

    I’ll bet AB/NB/C[see]BS ‘ll all read the following and never make the connection for a limited depredation (population control) hunt for grizzlies: ” … A surging grizzly population in and around Yellowstone National Park has made seeing the big bears much more commonplace. At least 600 grizzlies now inhabit the Yellowstone ecosystem … Over the past few years, especially, grizzlies have become a tourist attraction in Grand Teton while certain females adopt the habit of lingering near roads with their cubs … ‘We now consider ourselves as much of a grizzly bear park as glacier or Yellowstone,’ Grand Teton spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said … “; i.e.: More bears mean more bear/human “Interactions”. Possibly with deadly consequences, and I don’t mean for the bears. Somehow, I’m envisioning green bureaucrats hidden away in some cubicle in DC already a’busily a’penning new rules and restrictions on human access to Grand Teton National Park in general, and [evil implied] hunters in particular.

  • barbiecakes

    The freaks from PETA would say the boys should have sacrificed their lives so the bear would be alive today.

  • shockIwill

    Hunter are plain and Simple, Murderers

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Sims/1221048825 Bruce Sims

      What would you have done? STUPID!!

      • mtman2

        Been on the menu as the Blue Plate Special, human sushi ! Voluntarily of course!

  • shockIwill

    The Bear Charged Them because They instigated the whole Thing and got away with it (MURDERERS) AND THEY WERE HUNTERS, HAAAAAA

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