A man and woman reported that they were hiking Friday evening when the bear emerged from trailside brush and charged the woman, park spokeswoman Kris Fister said in a statement.
The man fired nine rounds from his .45 caliber, semiautomatic pistol at the animal, which then stopped and walked into the brush.
The bear was found dead about 100 feet from the location of the shooting. Park officials are looking into the justification for the shooting.
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If you want to see animals but can’t resist the impulse to shoot, go look at them at the zoo.