Here's another article from the Scotsman:
Claims king shot drunk bear dead dismissed as 'ridiculous'
CIARAN GILES IN MADRID
THE Spanish royal palace yesterday dismissed reports that King Juan Carlos shot dead a drunken bear during a hunting trip in Russia as "ridiculous".
However it seemed to edge away from an initial flat-out denial that he had killed a bear.
We have no comment to make because this story is totally ridiculous and the source is sensationalist," said a palace spokesman. Tabloids and the yellow press are sensationalists but an official? He added that the palace would neither confirm nor deny that the king had been hunting during a trip to Russia in August or whether he had shot a bear.
On Thursday, the palace denied that the king, a known hunting enthusiast, had killed a bear - drunk or sober. However, the spokesman said yesterday: "I don't know if he was hunting or not. It was a private visit on the invitation of President (Vladimir) Putin."
Vyacheslav Pozgalyov, governor of the Vologda region northeast of Moscow, has launched an inquiry after he received a letter from the region's deputy hunting chief, Sergei Starostin, claiming a bear - named Mitrofan - had been fed honey mixed with vodka and released near to where the king was said to be hunting. Mr Starostin wrote that local authorities turned the hunt into a "disgusting fraud".
Mitrofan, who Mr Starostin described as "a joyful bear", was taken from his home at a local holiday resort and brought to the hunting place where he was "fed with vodka mixed with honey and pushed into a field".
"A heavy, drunken animal became an easy target. His Highness, Juan Carlos, took Mitrofan out with one shot," Mr Starostin reportedly wrote in the letter.
This article: http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1558872006
I must say I find it quite strange and a bit undiplomatic for the spokeswoman to call the Russian official sensationalist
. Also how can the spokeswoman deny the story and call it "totally ridiculous", if she cannot even deny that the King was hunting in Russia?