Alaska Man Fights Off Bear, Walks Away with Minor Injuries

7:39 p.m. on May 4, 2013 (EDT)
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Alaska Man Fights Off Bear, Walks Away with Minor Injuries (ABC News)

10:06 a.m. on May 5, 2013 (EDT)
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No spray? Hmmmm...

Me thinks that someone who lives in bear territory would keep an item like this close at hand. Especially if not for himself but for his family.

I mean seriously; there was an 11, an 8, and a 7 mos old present.

I think ol' Mr. Burke dropped the ball a bit here.

Typically all hell breaks loose the minute one is not prepared and this was one of those moments.

(just a few observations from the story; I wasn't there so...)

They were all quite lucky that is for sure. That was also a small bear from the photo. 

Not quite sure why but I would have paid good money to see the bear vs telephone pole fight.

Just sayin.

10:17 a.m. on May 6, 2013 (EDT)
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That's a tiny bear. Very unusual behaviour, though.

10:25 a.m. on May 6, 2013 (EDT)
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Its often the young male bears that are the trouble makers.  No reason to second guess this guy.  He did great.

12:47 p.m. on May 6, 2013 (EDT)
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"... an investigation revealed a female brown bear was acting erratically by attacking a vehicle, a telephone pole and then, eventually, attack a male walking on the beach."

Most predatory bear attacks are by young males that haven't yet learned to hunt. As I said, very unusual to see a young female behaving this way. I wonder if there was something else going on, like an injury. 

5:47 p.m. on May 6, 2013 (EDT)
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Yep, not typical behavior but it happened none the less. It's a shame the bear had to be put down, but it's also a shame the problem wasn't resolved until the troopers arrived since other people were at risk during this time.

Mike G.

9:15 p.m. on May 7, 2013 (EDT)
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she was probably hungry or territorial. maybe she was in heat...seems strange the guy didn't have a weapon or bear spray, they said they were "mentally prepared"...I think next time he better have a gun or spray at least...especially with children. kids make great bear snacks.

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