Although the griz killer might have gotten a slap on the hand, a good precedent was set-
When it comes to grizzly bears, a threatened species, you can legally shoot one in self defense. However, the recent Jackson, WY conviction of a man who shot a grizzly in what he said was self defense shows that self defense does not mean you are justified killing a griz just because you saw it and were frightened.
Trial sets precedent. Verdict in grizzly bear shooting shows that people must justify a sense of threat. By Cory Hatch and Sarah Lison, Jackson Hole News and Guide.