whistlenut wrote:You should all read the 'rest of the story' about 'Smokey'. He was ear-tagged in NJ; and PA was well aware of him near the area he lived in. Locals said he would practically 'pose' for video and snapshots. He was not a marauding 'Man-killer', and surely not a pet, but WTF.
Goggle the story for yourself. It is kinda like Moose hunting: shoot a big dumb animal that eats grass and looks majestic. It is like shooting a farmers cow. No, I'm no 'bunny hugger', but do respect animals, and their way of life.
That is/was one very large bear, so if it is a record animal hopefully there are more growing up right now to take his place.