What’s It Cost to Kill a Bear?

An article from the Cox News Service that was published in the State, the daily newspaper of Columbia, S.C., tells the story of a family camping trip gone wrong. You should read the article here. For those who don’t feel like clicking through, I’ll summarize:

1. A suburban Atlanta man named Chris Everhart, a former Marine who now works as a technician for AT&T, took his three sons on their first camping trip.

2. As the four Everharts were roasting marshmallows, a bear started sniffing around their food cooler. The youngest boy, 6-year-old Logan, picked up a shovel and went after the bear.

3. The bear abandoned the cooler and, growling, started coming toward Logan.

4. Logan’s dad grabbed a piece of firewood and threw it at the bear. The bear fell over. The Everharts ran and got into their truck. But the bear didn’t move. The bear was dead.

5. Campground officials came to investigate. (They were already in the area responding to a drunken man who’d tried to run down a bear with his car.)

6. And, finally: “Everhart was later issued a $75 ticket by the U.S. Forest Service for failing to store his food properly ‘to prevent access by wildlife.’”

I am guessing that the $75 ticket is, in most cases, a good incentive to get campers to properly stow their food. And I am guessing that Everhart was truly guilty of said infraction. But if you were the officer in charge of determining whether this man who fought off a bear to save his sons should get the $75 ticket, don’t you think you might have considered waiving the fee, just this once?

A little discretionary leeway, please?

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  1. TheQuitter says:

    WTF? is this bear made out of glass? “Logan’s dad grabbed a piece of firewood and threw it at the bear. The bear feel over… The bear was dead.”

    Really? Seriously, was this bear on his way out already? Perhaps from some disease or starvation? I’m not a bear expert, but how many animals just.. DIE when you throw a piece of firewood at it?

    He should pay 75 dollars for lying about how he killed the bear.

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  2. TheQuitter says:

    WTF? is this bear made out of glass? “Logan’s dad grabbed a piece of firewood and threw it at the bear. The bear feel over… The bear was dead.”

    Really? Seriously, was this bear on his way out already? Perhaps from some disease or starvation? I’m not a bear expert, but how many animals just.. DIE when you throw a piece of firewood at it?

    He should pay 75 dollars for lying about how he killed the bear.

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  3. tillerman says:

    Sounds a bit of a similar situation to someone who gets into a traffic accident, nearly kills a member of his family, and then the police test him and find he is driving with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood. In such a situation wouldn’t you expect him to get charged with DWI?

    The point is if you do something illegal and inadvisable and in doing so put someone else in severe danger, then you should expect some kind of punishment. Would the situation be any different if the kid who had been approached by the bear was someone else’s kid?

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  4. tillerman says:

    Sounds a bit of a similar situation to someone who gets into a traffic accident, nearly kills a member of his family, and then the police test him and find he is driving with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood. In such a situation wouldn’t you expect him to get charged with DWI?

    The point is if you do something illegal and inadvisable and in doing so put someone else in severe danger, then you should expect some kind of punishment. Would the situation be any different if the kid who had been approached by the bear was someone else’s kid?

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  5. nmontgom says:

    If you let him go, then people will be hunting bears using their kids as bait just to have a dead one lying around in case the officials come by and try to fine them. :)

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  6. nmontgom says:

    If you let him go, then people will be hunting bears using their kids as bait just to have a dead one lying around in case the officials come by and try to fine them. :)

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  7. bertrecords says:

    Wouldn’t this family be safer in jail than in the National Park? I agree with tillerman (2).

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  8. bertrecords says:

    Wouldn’t this family be safer in jail than in the National Park? I agree with tillerman (2).

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