to steal a line from MOHAA: "Come back when you've had some target practice!"


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spacemanspiff
May 8, 2003, 12:34 PM
http://www.adn.com/alaska/story/3083257p-3106454c.html

Police, wildlife officials kill bear that attacked dog
SITKA: Hiker loses 12-year-old Labrador while on popular trail.
The Associated Press
(Published: May 8, 2003)
SITKA -- A bear was shot and killed this week near a popular hiking trail after it killed a dog and charged the dog's owner.

The bear was a healthy 3-year-old male weighing 275 to 300 pounds, according to Sitka Police and Fish and Wildlife officers.

Burgess Bauder, an experienced outdoorsman, said problems with the bear started Monday morning as he took his daily walk with his three Labrador retrievers on Cross Trail.

At one point, he noticed that his oldest dog, 12-year-old Cygnet, was missing. He turned around and looked for her but she wasn't there.

"I was in a tizzy. I drove home and dropped off one of the dogs," he said.

Bauder retraced his steps on the Cross Trail to Indian River. When he reached a heavily wooded area, he heard a "woof" sound from the bushes. The young dog with him turned and ran away.

"Boiling out of the bush was the biggest bear I've ever seen," Bauder said.

Bauder backed away and fell on his backside.

The bear "woofed" a few more times and walked back into the brush.

"I thought, she's guarding something, my dog's missing," Bauder said, putting two and two together. He kept his eyes on the area where the bear disappeared and called the police on his cell phone.

Sitka police Lts. Garry McCrary and Sheldon Schmitt, officer Kyle Ferguson, and Fish and Wildlife Trooper Thomas Akelkok arrived soon afterward and found a blood trail and the ground torn up about 10 yards off the trail.

Akelkok and Ferguson spotted the bear about 10 to 15 yards away in the brush. When it made a move toward them, Ferguson shot at it with a 12-gauge shotgun and Akelkok shot his .458 Magnum rifle, hitting the bear in the lip. The bear ran off through thick brush.

The wounded animal was tracked south along a blood trail. Parts of the dead dog were found along the way.

Akelkok caught sight of the bear. It stood up and bellowed, prompting Fish and Game area management wildlife biologist Phil Mooney to fire a shot. About a dozen shots were fired, killing the bear.

After the bear was shot, Bauder carried the remains of his dog out of the woods. He said he planned to be back on the Cross Trail the next day.

"First I need to have a good cry about this," Bauder said. "She slept at the foot of my bed."

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now, i know for a fact that i suck when it comes to shooting accurately, but i'd like to believe i could do better than taking 12+ shots at a 300lb bear with 12 gauges and .458mag rifle. or maybe i'm just deluding myself?

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Greg L
May 8, 2003, 01:22 PM
Well, at least they didn't try to stop it with their service pistols :eek: .

How do you hit a bear in the lip without blowing off half his head. It must have been a profile shot that almost missed completely.

Greg

DadOfThree
May 8, 2003, 02:06 PM
Akelkok and Ferguson spotted the bear about 10 to 15 yards away in the brush
About a dozen shots were fired, killing the bear.
Don't think I'd hire these two guys to back me up on a Cape Buffalo hunt :D :D
I used to hike with my two Great Pyranees dogs, they would have chased the bear away. :) Then the only thing hurt would have been the bear's pride.

MAKOwner
May 8, 2003, 04:43 PM
"I've seen French schoolgirls shoot better!!!"

Pendragon
May 8, 2003, 06:32 PM
Only people who have never lived in Alaska would assume they missed very much - if at all.

Bears dont go down easy.

treeprof
May 8, 2003, 06:45 PM
A .458 WM? Silly fellows. As we've been previously informed on THR, you need a .223. It'll shoot clean thru a b'ar:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=18496&highlight=.223+bear

Double Maduro
May 8, 2003, 06:57 PM
ROFLMBFAO@treeprof,

I think you need a bigger stirring stick.

Standing Wolf
May 8, 2003, 09:32 PM
...Ferguson shot at it with a 12-gauge shotgun and Akelkok shot his .458 Magnum rifle...

Always be sure to use enough gun.

PATH
May 9, 2003, 03:04 AM
Why didn't they just shoot him with their pistols?:D Stir! Stir! Stir! :neener:

Pendragon
May 9, 2003, 03:24 AM
Sure the bear was only 300 lbs or so but Bears do not go down easy.

A friend of mine is half - not sure the term du jour - Eskimo and he told me a polar bear tried to get into a building once and they had to shoot it a LOT to put it down.

Polar bear was probably 5 times the size, but still...

kannonfyre
May 9, 2003, 03:44 AM
Double Maduro:

I've always wondered, what does ROFLMBFAO stand for?

Double Maduro
May 9, 2003, 04:17 AM
Rolling
on
Floor
Laughing
My
Big
Fat
A$$
Off

spacemanspiff
May 9, 2003, 01:12 PM
pendragon, the term 'native alaskan' is adequate and never has been misconstrued as 'offensive'. fewer natives nowadays claim their tribes when asked by non-natives, but within the native communities there is quite a bit of rivalry and prejudice.

me, i claim the heritage both sides of my family share: russian aleut. great-great grandmother on my mothers side came from the motherland, escaped is more like it though. her side of the family doesnt look like they are natives. fair skin, green eyes, blondes and redheads are traits from her side of the family. i was never interested in learning my fathers history.

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