In Outdoor Canada magazine’s Winter 2010 issue, we published an in-depth investigative report into the shooting death of an American hunter, Mark Harshbarger, during a 2006 hunting trip to Newfoundland. The Meshoppen, Pennsylvania, man was shot by his wife, Mary Beth Harshbarger, who claims she thought he was a black bear.
At the time “Another Fine Day Afield” was published, 44-year-old Harshbarger was in the midst of fighting an extradition order to Canada to face two charges: careless use of a firearm and criminal negligence causing death with the use of a firearm. On March 29, she lost her most recent legal gambit after the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the extradition order, which was issued back in April 2008.
And now just yesterday, U.S. District Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie ordered Harshbarger to surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service by 2 p.m. on May 14. She will then be held in custody pending her extradition to Canada, the date of which has yet to be announced.
While news of the shooting death has been reported in the local Pennsylvania media, the Outdoor Canada story has been cited for revealing previously undisclosed details of the shooting. The NBC affiliate WBRE Eyewitness News, for example, ran a spot on the article back in February. And now, CBC’s premiere investigative news program, the fifth estate, is looking into the case, using the Outdoor Canada story as its springboard, and writer Charles Wilkins as a resource person.