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he fumbled with his bear spray while his wife was being attacked

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  1. gunsmith

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    http://www.ktuu.com/cms/templates/master.asp?articleid=276&zoneid=1
    Woman in hospital after bear attack
    Monday, October 10, 2005 - by Jason Moore Anchorage, Alaska - A Kasilof woman is in the hospital recovering from a bear mauling yesterday on the Kenai Peninsula. The bear attacked 50-year-old Colleen Sinnott and her husband, 56-year-old John Poljacik near Skilak Lake. It happened on a trail that Poljacik returned to today.
    It was an odd sight at a small parking area on Skilak Lake Loop Road. It was a man's shirt, two dog biscuits and a note that reads, “Please leave this here. My wife and I were attacked by a bear and we lost two young dogs Poljacik wrote the note. Nervously, he returned to the Skilak Lake Overlook Trail today with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer. He's looking for one of his dogs. His wife is still in the hospital
    “Yeah, I bet he came right down through here, kind of behind her. She said when she turned and saw the thing, she kind of hit the ground here and then I think they ended up over in there and then I think when he let her go, she must have been over in that spot,” said Poljacik.Sinnott's blood is spattered throughout the leaves. Poljacik says he fumbled with his bear spray while his wife was being attacked. The bear bit down on her head, shaking her violently, and then jumped on him. “It actually, it shook her. It seemed like it took forever but it was just a matter of seconds and it was over. And in two bounds the thing was on top of me and I rolled over as quick as I could. And then for some reason thankfully it just took off,” said Poljacik.They found hair and other marks left behind by the charging brown bear. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer Rob Barto looked for a fresh moose kill or another reason why the bear might have charged. Barto figures the couple simply surprised it.

    “It was probably, hate to say it, but the bear was being a bear, maybe spooked a little bit,” said Barto.
    Poljacik found one of his dogs, while its sister, a 7-month-old Newfoundland, is still missing. He wonders if he can ever enjoy hiking like he did before yesterday's attack
    I've been to Katmai. I’ve been to Admiralty and Chichigof. I’ve been to places where there have been a lot of bears and I’ve always felt pretty comfortable but things are going to change I think. I don't know if I’ll go hiking anymore or not. Probably take a while to get to where I want to go someplace again, you know,” said Poljacik.
    While Poljacik's sign in the parking lot waits hopefully for someone who may find his dog, Barto put up a sign of his own. The Skilak Lake Overlook Trail is closed, at least for now.
    Sinnott’s injuries include scalp lacerations, broken ribs, and a shoulder injury.
     
  2. Dragun

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    where was timothy treadwell when they needed him. oh yea, he was mauled to death. won't catch me in bear country without my .44mag or better. don't know much about it, but it seems like spray would just pjiss them off. at least him or his wife wasn't killed.
     
  3. gunsmith

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    Idaho Grizzly Notice

    Idaho Grizzly Notice

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    IDAHO GRIZZLY NOTICE

    In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly
    bear
    conflicts,
    the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as well as
    National Forest
    service are advising hikers, hunters, and
    fishermen to
    take extra
    precautions and keep alert for bears while in the
    field.

    We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little
    bells on
    their
    clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't
    expecting them. We
    also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray
    with
    them in case of
    an encounter with a bear.

    It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh
    signs of
    bear
    activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the
    difference
    between
    black bear and grizzly bear droppings. Black bear
    droppings are
    smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel
    fur.
    Grizzly
    bear dung has little bells in it and smells like
    pepper spray.
    __________________
     
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    Ahhh, comfort! Ahhh, the joy of feeling comfortable!

    Personally, my idea of feeling comfortable in the woods includes packing at least a .44 magnum revolver and some spare ammunition.
     
  5. gunsmith

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    I'm with ya SW

    I've been feeling uncomfortable because all I got is a .357 snubby and a .40 glock.

    I need a .44mag
     
  6. Lupinus

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    My idea of comfort doesn't involve getting up at four in the morning and going out to freeze my cookies off.

    My idea of comfort is sitting at the computer playing cabela's big came hunter :evil:
     
  7. Jubei

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    Well...if the pepper spray doesn't stop the bear, at least it'll spice up his next meal.

    Poke the bear, poke the bear, poke the bear, RUN!!!


    Jubei
     
  8. spacemanspiff

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    the initial reports were that the bear spray was in the car and the guy went to retrieve it.
     
  9. MICHAEL T

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    Your in the bears home. Some don't take kindley to you unlawful entry into their home.Funny people take action when someone is in their home uninvited But bear not suppose to.
     
  10. Dionysusigma

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    Would 7.92x57 be too little for a bear? :uhoh:
     
  11. Kurush

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    It'll do the job, especially if you're shooting it out of an MG-42 :cool:
     
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    This is why I've been playing with the idea of buying the S&W 500. Feel a little "outgunned" carrying my Glock 10mm when I go backpacking.
     
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    My definition:

    Bearspray (n) :

    The blood that sprays from the bear's body after being shot.

    Pro's and con's to both. If I were to go hiking in Grizz country, I would carry my Ruger SRH .454 with some 335 or 360 gr. hard cast loads. It is much larger than a 10mm pistol, but a helluva lot lighter and handier than a .500 S&W.
     
  14. joab

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later.
    Gunsmith owes me a keyboard

    Nice setup
     
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again, there's a pretty short list of things that scare the hell out of me, and sharks and prison are on that list, but so are bears.
    [​IMG]

    In case you were wondering, the engineers at BMW did not plan for the little motor in the automatic window to be able to lift the window when a bear (even a relatively small one) is resting on it.

    Those of you who carry guns for bear protection, please practice with them AND be aware of your surroundings. Bears move A LOT faster than it seems they should be able to. I don't pray much, but when I remember to I like to thank whoever is out there that I was enclosed in a nice steel cage during my only bear encounter.
     
  16. Cosmoline

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    Here's my bear spray. I custom built it off a beat up old Mossberg based on past experiences with shotguns while hiking. It's designed to be easy to tote, fast in the hand and to deliver 3" magnum slugs on short order.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. stevelyn

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    Here I've been traipsing across the tundra, and climbing mountains with a bear tag and haven't see a one.:banghead:
     
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    :D That's the way it always seems to be. I suspect if you checked deep in a den you'd find an internet connection and a current PDF of the game regs.
     
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    stevelyn, just curious what you're using/carrying to take one with? bet it's not bear spray.
     
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    Whether you use bear spray or carry a gun or wahtever you choose when travleling in bear country, my experience is always to have a backup.
    If walking have bear spray and gun, if using a ATV or snowmobile(polarbears) have a gun with you, but always plan an escape route. Same goes for walking

    I have done some work in polar bear country.during that I once should stay and wait for my buddy to get something at the other side of the fjord, about 45 minutes away back and forth. Instead of standing idle I decided that I should change the variator belt on the snowmobile. taking the old of took no time, when it suddenly dawned on me that my rilfle was strapped down on the sled, my buddy had his .44 with him. Ok, standing in polar bear country with no escape possibilty and no gun was not a good feeling, I put on the new belt in record time, and learned a lesson, never get caught without a backup plan.

    warth0g
     
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    I am so glad.......

    we killed the last one here in 1890 or so. Why would you ever walk one foot unarmed in an area where you might run into one of those monsters?
    It still doesn't sound like the obvious solution has occurred to this guy.
     
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    Thats funny.......:neener:
     
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    hey mike!
    the earth is my home:neener:
     
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    The Smith Alaskan 500 would have been a perfect choice....:cool:
     
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    Sounds like the guy beat his wife in the footrace. :)
     
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