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No charges in 2014 hunting death

RCMP says there will no charges in connection with an incident that claimed the life of a 59 year-old American hunter in northern B.C.

It was nearly a year ago that Jeffrey Cooper and two guides were tracking a wounded grizzly bear in the Tahtsa Reach Forest Service area 112 km south of Houston.

The bear charged out of the bush and, according to his family, Cooper was struck by a bullet when all three in the hunting party opened fire.

RCMP says a “complete and complex” investigation of the incident by Houston Mounties assisted by the North District Major Crime Unit led to an extensive report to Provincial Crown Counsel.

After a lengthy review, Crown concluded that no charges would be approved in relation to what police say was a tragic accident.

In an interview with a U.S.-based newspaper not long after his death, Cooper’s wife said that hunting was his passion and he had returned to British Columbia after failing to bag a grizzly bear the year before.

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