In a wilderness area of Denali National Park.
No mention of the size of the bear, but it took nine (9!) .45 caliber slugs from the guy's pistol before the bear turned and walked into the brush. Yes, Rangers did find the bear the next morning dead.
But this sentence makes no sense to me:
Park officials are determining the justification for the shooting. It's legal to carry firearms in that area of the park but illegal to discharge them.
1- If the hikers are telling the truth, it's clearly a justifiable shooting.
2- It's legal to carry but illegal to discharge? WTF? Are you supposed to throw your gun at any threats?