Washington bear hunter shot dead in British Columbia

A grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wy. (AP)
A grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wy. (AP)

HOUSTON, CANADA (KOIN 6) — A 59-year-old man was shot and killed while bear hunting in northern British Columbia, Canada.

May 26, Jeffrey Cooper of Toutle, Wash. was found dead on scene by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, roughly 70 miles south of Houston, B.C.

And avid outdoorsmen, Cooper was hunting with guides when he was killed, — a celebratory trip for his 59th birthday, family said. According to his family, Cooper shot and wounded a grizzly, and tracked it down with two hunting guides the next morning. The bear charged, and all parties fired at the animal, and Cooper was struck and killed, family said.

The North District Major Crime Unit, the North District Forensic Unit and the BC Conservation Service is investigating. All parties involved in the incident have spoken to police, RCMP said.

Doug Field of the Cowlitz County Chaplaincy said he was called by authorities and notified Cooper’s next of kin.

 

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