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Troopers say Kenai brown bear shooting was justified

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai man was justified in the weekend shooting of a brown bear, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Sigfredo Casiano, 28, was hiking to a camp site near Swanson River Road Sunday morning when he heard a noise in nearby woods. Initially, Casiano thought a moose was making the noise but he removed the safety from his rifle as a precaution, troopers said.

Soon after, a brown bear appeared about 10 feet away and began moving toward him.

Casiano fired one shot with his rifle, striking the bear behind the skull. The bear collapsed and Casiano man fired several more shots.

The bear was described as a male between eight and nine feet tall.

A moose carcass was found nearby and the bear was probably protecting the find, troopers said.



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