The thing that caught my eye was that there have only been 16 sightings this year? I had four just on my trek across NJ on the AT in 2008. I suppose most people don't report them. Anyway, I guess this bear was aggressive and a warden fired a shot and hit it, but I don't know what happened to the bear.
The boys did have injuries, but it looks like they'll recover okay, but I'm certain the memory will stick with them!
Dennis "K1" Blanchard
Author of THREE HUNDRED ZEROES: Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail