When we asked this question months ago some of you said yes, noting that bowhunters need to be able to protect themselves from criminals and dangerous animals; others said no, because it could lead to increased poaching. To the latter, does the story below change your mind?

From the Billings Gazette:

_A bear feeding on [a] carcass . . . in northwestern Montana was shot after charging a bow hunter that apparently startled it, state wildlife officials said. . . .

The bow hunter shot the bear with a pistol Thursday evening. FWP Warden Perry Brown and biologist Tim Manley tracked the wounded bear Friday, following a blood trail for three or four miles before losing it. Biologists don’t know if it was a black bear or a grizzly._