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Dog Intervenes in Grizzly Attack, Bear Eventually Shot

Animals  (tags: bear attack, woman, dog, bear shot )

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A long-time Alaskan says his dog probably saved his wife's life after a young grizzly bear charged her Sunday night by their home in the Eagle River canyon, near the nature center.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 8:47 am
that must have been scary. too bad the bear didn't stay away after the warning shots. noted w. thanks.

linda b (186)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 9:25 am
Noted TY Lone

Thomas C (116)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 10:13 am

Randy L Benson (65)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 11:03 am
i've no idea why the bear acted that way, unless perhaps it was hungry. possibly it had found food at other houses before, and thought it could get more.

perhaps it'd gone crazy. but things could have ended a lot different.

Patricia Hernandez (26)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 11:04 am
Wish there was a better solution than shotting it when it came back, it was a young bear who didn't know any different. They live in their territory too. The bear doesn't understand property lines or anything else. its sad that that was the outcome. It is great that nothing happened to the wife and the dog.

Cindy C (125)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 11:55 am
I still cannot help feeling sorry for the bear though, and I agree with Patricia Hernandez. Oh dear me what a shame and a tragedy really. AW. Happy to hear about the wife and dog, just wish things would have been nicer.

Sonja J (1)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 12:16 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 12:28 pm
Good dog! :) It's unfortunate that the bear lost his life, but I'm glad to hear that the person fired a warning shot and didn't immediately resort to shooting it.

Peggy Peters (29)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 1:01 pm
I am very sorry the bear had to die. Bless the dog!

Tuesday June 1, 2010, 1:08 pm
Very scary! I met some bears one time and I was lucky they were more interested in the garbage in the dump than they were in I was able to back away from them slowly and once out of their sight, I ran faster than I ever ran before or since!

Jane Parker (70)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 1:31 pm
I never like to hear of bears being shot, but in this case - just so sad.

sherrie e (147)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 1:58 pm
I am so sorry the bear had to die but it sounds like the man really tried to drive it away without killing it, and it just kept coming. The dog was protecting it's owner! Probably very lucky for the lady! Tuy, Lone

Ron M (52)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 2:10 pm
One question: Why do they allow people to live so close to a nature center/reserve??

Is it because we humans demand any space we want and leave little or nothing for wildlife to live their lives in peace so they won't have to get shot?

Oh gosh, what am I saying here? It's Palin's territory. Lucky for the people as she sort of likes that particular species. All others must die! Preferably from the air, just to be extra safe.

The guy could have simply called wilflife control and have the bear tranqualized and re-located. No stupid, they don't have that either, just guys with guns and live ammo.

Alaska, the happy killing fields.

Dorothy Huckle (2)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 2:25 pm
Such a shame

Marie G (0)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 2:38 pm
Yet again, humans expecting unrestricted access and movement in the wild whilst being most surprised when the legitimate inhabitants of that land are only doing what is natural to them. The ignorance of these people going into wild places with their human ways must expect trouble.

Marilyn K (50)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 2:59 pm
This situation ended okay under the circumstances as it could have been worse.. The dog acted heroically to protect his family. We will have more of these encounters as the forests are inhabited more and more by humans.

Susan A (14)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 3:21 pm
Clever dog! Shame the bear didn't just leave, as it sounds these folk did all they could to gt it to do so.

Jean M (143)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 3:55 pm
I had a bear confrontation once in a campground. Very scary at 3 in the a.m. I woke the whole campground up screaming. Two babies had wandered away from mom and were hungry. No shots fired, they ran away. LOL I feel sorry for the lady and the dog, but I do hate it that the bear had to be killed.

Tamara WILLIAMS (176)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 4:29 pm
Man's best friend triumphs again. Chosing between wife or bear no choice. Kill the bear maybe if it was acting strange maybe it had rabies or been infected somewhere. Glad everyone is okay and if you get a chance award the dog a steak.

Helen Snyder (13)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 4:48 pm
Noted. And that is just one of the many reasons I stay out of the forest.

Pam J (77)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 5:21 pm
I'm happy the wife and dog are O.K. What a brave dog! If feel bad that the bear had to die. It sounds like the man tried to scare it away, but the bear would not leave. All these stories make me sad. So many animals losing their lives for nothing!

wendy w (47)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 5:23 pm
This story is bittersweet. good for the woman & dog, sad for the bear.

Laurie H (817)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 6:17 pm
Certainly, I'm happy the people are alright, but very saddened by the news of this young bear. It always is the animal who suffers the worst fate, it seems. Very sad news, for their chances of survival become less and less all the time. Wish he wasn't killed~

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 6:30 pm
My husband would have done the same thing to protect us but instead of callously saying "I'm not sorry" afterward he would have been shattered. Alaskans come over as total *rs*h*l*s in their attitude towards other creatures.

susan w (13)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 6:38 pm
a sad story but sometimes animals get killed to protect human and our pets lives....

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 7:19 pm
I think this says it all,

"People get so complacent and they think the bear is a little teddy bear. They aren't."

Teresa K (33)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 7:48 pm
Noted thank you.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 8:49 pm
Noted, thanks.

True Patriot (226)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 9:58 pm

Sally Jay (63)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 10:16 pm
That poor bear, life can be so cruel sometimes.

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 11:41 pm
A case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. SAD

Sharon Balloch (127)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 3:24 am
Yes I always like to walk where I know bears are going to be gathering and have been seen many times before.... the bear was just trying to run off people the way we run off things in our yard..

Nadia Donato (476)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 3:29 am

Jean Lord (46)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 3:50 am
Poor bear but at least no harm came to the human. Am sorry for the loss of the Grizzly though.

Linda M (1748)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 4:31 am
Sad situation, all around.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 4:45 am
Her faithful one has saved the lady!!! Attacked by a grizzly.....omg, I shiver from here!!
Noted and thanks.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 5:11 am
I have mixed feelings - sad, but true about nature.

Dipanwita Saha (7)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 5:32 am
You are right Ron. This kind of thing will go on as long as we don't leave enough space for these wild animals. It's cruel but then humans are rarely humane. Poor bear. I am really glad that the dog didn't die instead.

Ron M (52)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 5:51 am
Please note that the people and the dog were already safe in their home and out of harms way. It was at that time he called 911 instead of wildlife presevation officers. Upon the bear's return is was when he went out and simply shot the bear with a hunting rifle. Nothing heroic about that, simply the easiest way out also with little or no regard for the animal's welfare and it's right to be alive. This is what cowards do.

As for the dog, sure but that is what virtually any dog would have done, it's called instinct and dogs can't think any other way to express themselves in cases like this. Ever seen that photo shoot with the polar bear and the pack of dogs? The dogs owner too thought that it would be end of at least one of his beloved dogs but turned out that the dog and the polar bear became instant friends hugging each other after intially the dog was charging the bear.

it is clear a lot of humans have no faith in the behaviour of natural happenings and resort to killing the possible threat, regardless.

This young bear did not have to die. Case closed!

Lisa P (119)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 7:37 am
Thats the risk humans take when they begin encroaching in wildlifes habitats. They should either learn to live in harmony with wildlife OR move their dumb asses to the city. End of discussion.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 7:39 am
It's very sad the way it turned out. As animals have less and less territory, they have no choice but to come into ours. I'm glad the woman and her dog are okay and the husband made the right choice given the circumstances. I just wish it wouldn't have come to that.

Bracha Katz (31)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 7:49 am
that dog is a hero! and it is a pity that they didn't use pepper spray on the bear instead. thanks lone.

Christina H (10)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 9:16 am
still very sad that the animal had to die for doing what it was born to do

Brenda H (29)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 9:23 am

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 9:43 am
Sad but sometimes it must be done.

Judith C (159)
Wednesday June 2, 2010, 4:41 pm
why did she walk the dog near the nature centre ? why wasn't the dog on a lead ? did she not know there were bears in her district ?

Jade Ashton Scully (4)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 1:55 am
They were INSIDE when the bear returned? So WHY did he have to shoot it? He could have called wildlife authorities...

And he says he is a nature lover? Not agreed!

Katie R (38)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 3:08 am
If they can shoot a gun with bullets they can shoot a gun with tranquilizer darts. Wouldn't it be wise for anyone living so close to wildlife to carry them??? I just don't get it. It's not like the bear said, oh gee, lets' go terrorize some people today ....and "I'll get you my pretty...and your little dog too"

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 6:39 am
".....he says he is a nature lover? Not agreed!"

By Alaskan standards a nature lover is someone who shoots what he or she can't chop down and auctions off the land formerly occupied by the object of his or her affections to the highest bidder. Especially if his or her surname is Palin or Murkowski.

Katie R (38)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 6:43 am
I suppose Alaskans if they could would have grizzlies drilling for oil, and wolves scuba diving with no oxygen tanks, while they use Polar Bears as living room rugs. Drill baby drill, kill baby kill.

Dorota Janik (2)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 9:45 am

Savannah Ford (10)
Thursday June 3, 2010, 1:19 pm
It is terrible that the bear died! He shouldn't have killed it, he should have just used an object to scare or slightly hurt the bear to get it to leave...

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday June 9, 2010, 1:03 pm
I'm not buying this story. I think the guy just wanted to shoot the bear and made this all up. If that is the case, curses on his soul.
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