Paul Brown (PAUL_BROWN@CCMAIL.GMT.SAIC.COM)
Tue, 1 Oct 1996 10:26:59 EST
More on the bear death incident.
SCOUTS WON'T BE TRIED FOR BEAR'S DEATH
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Boy Scouts who threw rocks at a black bear
to scare it away will not be prosecuted for the animal's death because
autopsy results were inconclusive.
Park rangers said the 100-pound yearling bear was killed by the rocks, some
the size of softballs. The autopsy, however, did not prove that the death was
anything but an accident, Ranger Scott Gediman said Monday.
Scout leaders of the troop from Huntington Beach told rangers they were
trying to scare the bear away from their food. Park visitors are advised to make
noise and throw smallstones or sticks at bears from at least 30 feet away.
``We did what the brochure told us. We started throwing things and making a
lot of noise,'' Scout leader Ron Roach said. ``One of the stones made a thud. It
was a pretty sickening sound, and I said, `Oh no, I hit one.' ''
Park officials will rewrite advisories to say stones no larger than golf
balls should be thrown. ``We are very disturbed that this incident occurred,''
Chief Ranger Bob Andrew said.
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