Went to Canada last May for a week. This was the only bear I saw. We called him "Gimpy" because he had been wounded by another hunter the previous week. He wasn't as big as I would have preferred, but I took him because he was wounded and likely would not have survived.
A comment was made by a member that this was "not right" and that the shot was not lethal. I want to be clear, that nobody makes a perfect shot all the time. Additionally, I immediately made another lethal shot which ended his suffering. He did not suffer any longer than if he had run off. I have seen many animals go to waste because they ran off and were never found.
I've found with bears that sometimes it is difficult to see the "sweet spot" because of all the fur. I think your first shot was a good one. It dropped the bear in it's tracks which made a lethal follow-up shot easier than if the bear had run off somewhere. Now, the only question is...when are we going bear hunting?
I agree with you totally... I hope that all my shots are perfect... but alas, I'm only human. At least you were able to place the second shot to end all the suffering. I doubt that bear would have made it through another season.... thank you for putting it down.