Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Former "Outrage of the Day" Has Been Vindicated

On Dec. 9, 2009, I blogged about Glen Fortsch, an Iowan elk hunter. I was outraged because he was facing charges of killing an endangered animal, a grizzly bear, on Sept. 22, 2009. The bear was going to attack Fortsch and because he decided to rightly defend himself, he was looking at the possibility a $25,000 fine and/or 6 months in PRISON. I just couldn't believe that shit.

On Dec. 2, 2010, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier had an update to Fortsch's story. "A local hunter who shot a grizzly bear last year won't be charged with killing an endangered animal...Roy Brown, a special agent with the U.S. Department of the Interior who investigated the incident, called Fortsch in June and said the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Wyoming wouldn't file charges. Even though it was a kill-or-be- killed situation, Fortsch said you never know if the court would see it that way."

OMG...justice actually prevailed for the common man!

"As required, the shooting was reported. Brown and two state official investigated. Brown said all the facts backed up Fortsch's self-defense claim.

"For example, Brown said the location of the bear, Fortsch and the bullet wounds, along with testimony of other witnesses, indicate the bear charged."

Congratulations to Fortsch and I hope that what he went through doesn't keep him from enjoying future hunting trips!

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