Had a interesting discussion the other night after hearing about a friend's recent bear run-in (no serious problems). Here's the question: If someone has to shoot a bear in defense, and the bear is obviously wounded after the encounter but still "functioning", should the bear be put down? We discussed whether it would be legal to kill the wounded but no longer attacking animal, the issues of leaving a wounded animal in the woods to probably die, the safety concerns of a wounded bear in populated areas, etc. I guess we decided it would be best to put the animal down, but I'm not sure.
What does the forum think?