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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 08:24 PM
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BP Security Guard Kills Polar Bear! Shot her with explosive charge not meant to be aimed at Bears
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/08/polar...
The shooting earlier this month marked the first time one of the region's iconic bears -- listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act -- has died during a hazing operation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Bruce Woods said in an interview. The guard tried to "haze," or scare away the bear, but ended up shooting it.

"As far as during authorized hazing operations, there has not been a polar bear mortality, although of course anyone can kill a bear to protect a human life," Woods said. There are about 3,500 polar bears along the Arctic coast of Alaska, but their survival is increasingly threatened by shrinking sea ice. Federal wildlife officials have imposed strict restrictions to prevent operations on the North Slope's busy oil fields from harming the bears, who in recent years have been spotted more frequently on shore as their ice habitat diminishes.
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"People believed, I think, by the bear's demeanor and activity, just that fact that it wasn't going anywhere, that it might be injured or somehow in distress. We communicated that to Fish and Wildlife: 'This is what the bear is doing, what do you want us to do?' We followed their directions: 'Monitor the bear, keep people away,'" he said.

Several days later, the bear swam to a nearby island and by Aug. 15 had stopped moving -- dead, it turned out. It was then determined that the security guard had fired not a beanbag round but a "cracker shell," a loud explosive intended to be fired near but not at the bear to scare it away.
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 08:29 PM
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1. Well may the BP security guard rest in the hottest level of hell...
for those who believe in that. Maybe he'll just off himself, but I doubt it, as it would take a conscience to do that.
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