I live where there is a healthy herd of deer and more bear than you can shake a stick at, but it is rare to see a bear, unless specifically looking for them.
Has anyone here done any research on the relationship between the whitail deer and the black bear. I think most people don't understand that in the spring when the bears leave their hybernation that they are one of the biggest prey animals on young fawns. Has any one here ever seen a bear in an alphalfa field searching for a fawn? Slow deliberate....they find them...then they eat them...it is nature. Imagine the outrage if these photos would have been of that situation. The fact is that these two animals coincide in the same woods. This type of thing happens more than alot of people really know. Bears are very lazy, but oppurtunistic.
As an ethical hunter would I have wanted to see this deer put down humanely? Of course! Would I have done it myself? Absolutely not! There are a whole new set of rules that apply that law enforcement has the resposibility to take care of.
Regardless of how the deer was injured, nature is having it's course. When the bear dies and the worms, small mammals, vultures and maggots are eating it, the circle will start all over again!