More information on this sequence of photos:
I just received an email telling me that these pictures are posted on the Outdoor Life website
According to Outdoor Life, they were taken right here where I live in Warren County, PA.
The photographer is unnamed. There are no references to any wildlife conservation officer taking the photos, or being present at the scene. So, any such references are speculation at this point.
There are 17 photos in the sequence. (Apparently Ben included them all.)
The bear is obviously a young 'un. Our bear population is pretty good around here, enough that I'll bet more road-killed deer are finished off by bears -- no doubt more often where the deer struggles some distance from the road. I'll bet he thinks he's pretty big stuff now. And as for the buck -- although there are bigger bucks than that around here, it's a very good buck for neck of the woods.
By the way, my personal opinion is that if some kind of law enforcement officer was present at this event, it's up to his discretion as to whether to put the buck out of its misery. He would know all the conditions surrounding the event, and he would be trained to make the judgment.
I suspect I'll find out more about this in the days to come. If I think it's worth posting, I'll add more.