Re: SCOUTS KILL BEAR
Paul C Adling (n6jii@JUNO.COM)
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 16:58:36 EDT
Saturday, August 17, 1996
Bear cub's death an accident, Scouts say
NATURE: Yosemite officials are investigating the O.C. troop's story.
By Carol Masciola and Julio Laboy
The Orange County Register
HUNTINGTON BEACH - An Orange County Boy Scout troop is under
investigation in the stoning death of a bear cub during a back-country
hike at Yosemite National Park.
Leaders of the Huntington Beach Troop 1 said upon their return Friday
that the death of the young black bear was a freak accident that occurred
during a nighttime raid on the Scouts' isolated campsite.
An initial investigation by park rangers found that the bear wasn't
killed in self defense.
"we are taking this very seriously and want to fully investigate it,"
park spokesman Scott Gediman said.
Troop leader Ron Roach said eight boys and five adults were on the second
night of a six-day backpacking trip when their camp was besieged by
Roach said groups of bears entered the camp five times during the night,
tearing the Scouts' food out of trees and stealing their backpacks.
During the first intrusion at 10:30 p.m. Monday, Roach said, he and
parent Bob Woodward each threw a rock blindly into the dark to scare away
Pamphlets tell park visitors to throw rocks and yell if a bear is seen,
"One of the stones made a thud," Roach said. "We didn't mean to hurt the
bear. We're devastated."
The death was reported to rangers Tuesday when some of the campers left
the high country early because of altitude sickness. Roach said he and
Woodward later were issued citations: one for destroying wildlife and one
for taking wildlife.
More charges could be filed.
News of the bear's death has upset some Yosemite residents.
"It's not even understandable ," said Melissa Poillot, 20, a clerk at a
Tuolumne Meadows store. "Those bears usually just walk away from people.
They're not grizzlies."
Hope this clears up some of the misunderstandings about what happened.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City