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Man Gets In Fist Fight With Bear To Protect Family, Wins

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Alaska Man Fights Off Brown Bear That Charged At His Family While They Were Birdwatching

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Gvapo T (22)
Friday May 3, 2013, 1:20 am
that's the fight for your family

Carol H (229)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:15 am
noted, thanks Agnes

Ruth C (87)
Friday May 3, 2013, 12:22 pm
The bear was defending its territory, you should not be in its area!

Nancy C (806)
Friday May 3, 2013, 3:10 pm
rare occurrence. glad all are ok...

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:40 am
"“The way it was acting leads us to believe that it was probably just really hungry and trying to find something to eat,” Peters said.

To avoid bear attacks Peters said people should store food properly, look for signs of bear activity, make noise, and have bear spray at the ready and know how to use it."

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:48 am
noted, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:08 pm
Toby Burke, you are a very brave man. Thanks for protecting your wife and children.

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 2:47 pm
I don't think the bear meant business. These people were on the bear's territory.

Nola g (5)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:09 pm
This bear probably had bad teeth, like an infected tooth, and was out of his mind with pain and hunger. It happens,
You always have to be on guard when your in bear country. Usually a healthy bear doesn't want to have anything to do with you, unless you have food or fruit trees. So many people I know have had their apple trees wrecked by bears.
My daughter almost ran head first into a bear on her way to school, she just backed away then ran home for a ride to school,

Christeen A (368)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 1:54 am
This will always be a two sided sword. Bears land. Protection of family. I am so glad things turned out as they did for all concerned. Thank you.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:14 am
It is Spring and the bears are very very hungry but that does not explain this. Bears even Gizzlies will avoid people unless you make the mistake of getting between a mother and cubs or surprise them, which beleive it or not is not that hard. But if this bear looked 2 or 3 but had the teeth of a ten year old something was wrong with the bear. A healthy bear after food or on the defence attacks at about 30-35 miles per hour, this one did not it acted more confused than anything. Also if a health 10 year old bear really takes a swipe at you you will either be dead or wish you were because your ribs will be broken and you will have punctured lungs etc. just from the fource and the claws are going to go through clothing and flesh. Their power will crush the skull of a moose and their claws will take chunks from the side of a bison. These people were very lucky and from the sounds of it a sick and dying bear was put out of its misery.

Helle H (21)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:55 am
Lucky family.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:58 pm

Rhonda Burrows (2)
Monday May 6, 2013, 5:36 pm
Sorry for the bear who must have been hungry or sick, but glad the family was not seriously harmed.

Klaus Peters (14)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 9:11 am
I had a run in with a brown bear in Denali Nat. Park July 1969. We were hiking just below Mt. McKinley and I was focusing an a caribou trying to take a picture. I was about to change my lens on the camera. All hell broke loose, the girls I was hiking with were about 100 metres away on higher ground and they
saw what was unfolding and started screeming. I had no idea, quickly took a photo of the caribou, also angry because they bolted. And suddenly I realised a bear was approaching me slowly, this time I was the one who bolted. I chose to run into water not even looking back. I stopped and turned, and I saw 2 bears. Apparently I got between a bear and her cub. But in the end it was the cub that was chacing me, the mother hanging back a little, a teaching run. BUT I got some pictures of the caribou and the bears, and I was told I was very lucky the mother bear was not hungry and was training her cub, go and get it. But, I was totally surprised of how fast bears can move, so scary. I have learned a lesson, be aware of your surroundings in unfamiliar territory, I did 2 years later in Africa. I love Alaska!!!
It really tought me a lesson

Debbie Crowe (87)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 1:24 am
It's sad that they had to shoot the bear. If she was in pain, I hope she went fast so they didn't add to her pain!
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