WPR News
8:32 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Trial to begin Tuesday in grizzly bear shooting

Jackson, Wyo. – A three-day trial for a Teton Village hunter accused of illegally shooting a grizzly bear north of Jackson is set to start Tuesday.

Forty-one-year-old Stephen Westmoreland has said he killed the bear in self-defense after it dropped to all fours and approached him from about 40 yards away in September.

He says he was packing a deer head and cape on his backpack when the grizzly, which had been feeding on a moose carcass, stood up. A report by Wyoming Department of Game and Fish officer William Long says Westmoreland shot the bear twice with a .270-caliber rifle.

DNA tests confirmed the bear was one of three cubs who gained fame from 2006 to 2008 as their mother raised them by the roadside in Grand Teton National Park.