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Sun Jul 2, 2017, 07:14 AM

Boy, 11, shoots charging bear to save fishing party in Alaska

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/02/boy-11-shoots-charging-bear-to-save-fishing-party-in-alaska
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Quick action from an 11-year-old boy saved a fishing party from a charging brown bear, Alaska state troopers said.

Elliot Clark was walking through the woods near Game Creek with three family members and three dogs when the bear came out and charged them, the Juneau Empire reported.

The bear ran through two of the men, pushing them to the side of the trail, leaving Elliot and his cousin left in its path, Elliot’s father, Lucas, said.

Elliot’s father said not getting around to putting a sling on his son’s gun might have saved their lives, as he was able to quickly ready himself.

“He was carrying it in his hands rather than on his shoulder,” he said. “That was the problem with the other ones, when the bear came at his uncle, he had his rifle on his shoulder and the bear was very close, so he couldn’t get it off in time.”
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Reply Boy, 11, shoots charging bear to save fishing party in Alaska (Original post)
malaise Jul 2017 OP
Achilleaze Jul 2017 #1
malaise Jul 2017 #2
beachbum bob Jul 2017 #3
malaise Jul 2017 #4
Lochloosa Jul 2017 #5
nikibatts Jul 2017 #6
malaise Jul 2017 #7
panader0 Jul 2017 #8
ileus Jul 2017 #9

Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Jul 2, 2017, 07:16 AM

1. There you have it

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 2, 2017, 07:17 AM

2. LOL

Either way he's one tough kid - clearly knows his environment

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 2, 2017, 07:19 AM

3. In alaska, its a matter of survivial when facing bown bears

 

they are not "teddy bears" by a long shot. The kid's action was amazing

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 2, 2017, 07:20 AM

4. Absolutely

The teddy bear myth has led to several deaths (and not of the bears).

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 2, 2017, 07:24 AM

5. Like swimming in the ocean. Your not on top of the food chain.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Jul 2, 2017, 07:45 AM

6. Hey, DeVoss was right!

 

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Response to nikibatts (Reply #6)

Sun Jul 2, 2017, 08:21 AM

7. ROFL

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Jul 2, 2017, 08:30 AM

8. Well, I saved a large bag of birdseed this morning about 3:30am.

I heard growling and looked out the kitchen window to see several
javelina trying to rip open the bag. I grabbed my Louisville Slugger
and went out to scare them off. Sometimes they scare me off.
Dangerous, deceptively fast with sharp teeth. LOL
Not nearly as heroic as the 11 year old kid, but Jeannie was proud of me.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Jul 2, 2017, 08:37 AM

9. Our GSD always lets us know when there's a bear on the deck

eating his food.

I end up getting up and cutting on the porch light and pecking on the door...does the trick most every time.


I know at 11 my favorite shotgun in the world was my trusty Model 12 16ga.

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