Thanks for the follow-up. This is a complicated and tragic tale.
Sounds like the 20 year old made two errors that turned fatal for both bear and hunting partner. It will be hard for him to live with these errors, in my opinion.
My dad bought me a 30-30 when I was 10 years old and I hunted with him and his partner for 5 years or so. I was too young to own a gun. I almost shot my dad and his partner when a deer ran between us. I got over excited and just started shooting. I'm thankful that it wasn't my name in this article.
I gave up hunting after I got out of the Marine Corps. I realized that I was just doing it to please my dad. I had no interest in killing anything.