First hand account. Had to use my carry handgun on a black bear Friday evening. 9mm Fns, Hornady 124 xtp. 174lb live weight male, extremely agitated due to a shoulder flesh wound likely from another bear. Predatory attack on the neighbors dog. One head shot immobilized the bear, likely would have been fatal. 2 additional shots to the head and neck insured death and ceased all movement. All shots at approximately 25 yards. Was in a semi residential area with shooting prohibition. Shooting ruled justified by police and DNR. Sadly the dog didn't survive, but fortunately everyone with children can rest easier now. Moral of the story is always carry your handgun and know how to use it well. Never know when you'll have to use it in a challenging situation under pressure.