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  • Grizzly Bear Attacks Three Bowhunters Armed with Pistols

    05/26/2021 5:24:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 51 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 21 May, 2021 | Dean Weingarten
    On the East Fork of the Wind River, near Lander, Wyoming, three bow hunters were walking to their hunting grounds, bows in hand. An old boar grizzly suddenly charged them from a few yards left of their approach. The bow hunters had set up base camp the day before at the East Fork trailhead. The next morning, they rode horses six miles up the trail, turned west, and rode uphill until the terrain was too steep for the horses. At about 7:30, they dismounted and continued up the steep slope of the trail on foot, in line.Wind River Peak from...
  • Woman killed in suspected bear attack near Durango, CPW says

    05/02/2021 11:38:37 AM PDT · by MileHi · 79 replies
    FOX31 NEWS ^ | May 1, 2021 | Colleen Flynn
    TRIMBLE, Colo. (KDVR) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife said a woman was found dead off U.S. Highway 550 after a suspected bear attack on Friday. According to her boyfriend, the 39-year-old victim was believed to have gone walking with her two dogs earlier Friday, La Plata County Sheriff’s office said. Her boyfriend told police he got home around 8:30 p.m. and the dogs were present but his girlfriend was not there. After searching for her, he found her body around 9:30 p.m. and called 911. When CPW wildlife officers responded, they found signs of consumption on the body and an...
  • Man with Bear Spray Killed by Grizzly Near Yellowstone Park

    04/23/2021 5:35:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 80 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 20 April, 2021 | Dean Weingarten
    U.S.A. –-( On the afternoon of 15 April 2021, Carl Mock was attacked by a grizzly bear near Baker’s Hole Campground in Gallatin County, Montana. The campground is a few miles from the town of West Yellowstone, near an entrance to Yellowstone Park. Mock was able to dial 911. Several agencies responded to the call at about 3:42 p.m. The first responders were able to find Mock after about 50 minutes of searching.Mock had “sustained significant scalp and facial injuries” according to the Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue Facebook page. gave more details of the injuries:Authorities say the...
  • Modern Sporting Rifles as Bear Stoppers? They Worked in Every Recorded Incident

    02/09/2021 3:30:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 98 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 5 February, 2021 | Dean Weingarten
    Before I graduated from high school, I overheard the older brother of a close friend talking about shooting a bear. The bear had been discovered in a den, during the Wisconsin deer season. As I recall, in 1968, such a harvest would have been legal.The older brother was a Vietnam veteran. He approached the den with another vet. The brother suggested the other vet poke into the den to see if the bear were still there.The other veteran said no, he would not do it. The brother said, well, in Vietnam, you went into holes to get Charlie.Whereupon, the other...
  • Survivor of Grizzly Bear Attack in Dupuyer, Montana Used .44 Magnum

    01/21/2021 4:46:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 19 January, 2021 | Dean Weingarten
    Grizzly BearKen Ledeau is a semi-retired trucker who rented a cabin near Dupuyer, Montana. He loved the area, the views, and the wildlife he would see while walking for exercise. He would walk up and down a finger ridge on one side of Dupuyer Creek drainage. The land was mostly open on the ridge, while the creek had dense stands of willow trees and other vegetation.Ken was 59 years old when the bear attacked him.Neighbors in the Dupuyer area had warned him about the dangers of grizzly bears in the area. He had taken their advice and was carrying a...
  • Woman says her 2 dogs, bicyclist saved her from bear in Collier County

    12/28/2020 11:23:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 32 replies
    Wink News ^ | 12-17-20 | Rachel Cox-Rosen, Jack Lowenstein
    A black bear attacked a woman and her two dogs in Collier County on Christmas Eve morning. Kathleen Boyle said Friday that her two dogs, one ironically named Bear, and her other pup, Robin, helped save her from a bear they ran into on their morning walk in the Fiddler’s Creek community. “It wasn’t until probably 11:30, 12 o’clock that I stopped shaking,” Boyle said. “Because it was that trauma, ‘I can’t believe this just happened.’” Boyle’s two Westies are show dogs, but they didn’t worry about manners when a bear approached them and their owner. “So here you’ve got...
  • Tanner Allen, Bear Defense in NW Wyoming, .41 Magnum Single Action

    12/05/2020 2:17:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 3 December, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    While researching pistol uses in self-defense from bears, I noticed the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) bear mortality database listed a self-defense killing on 8 August of 2009. The database did not indicate what kind of firearm might have been used. Years later, Bridger Petrini gave me a lead to the person who had been attacked and had defended himself with a .41 magnum single-action revolver.Tanner Allen, who lives in Wyoming, is an accomplished hunting dog trainer and dog breeder. His hounds are sought after by big game hunters to improve their packs. They are noted for their ability to trail...
  • Study on Bear Spray Confirms Performance Limitations

    11/16/2020 3:53:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 13 November, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    “An Investigation of Factors Influencing Bear Spray Performance” was published on 1 October 2020 in the Journal of Wildlife Management. The lead investigator was Tom Smith, of Brigham Young University.Tom Smith is well known for his publications on bear spray and firearms effectiveness when dealing with bears.Tom Smith graciously supplied me with a copy of the full paper, which shows all the results of the study. The study provides useful information, which can help in choosing between bear spray and other systems, such as firearms, as well as in understanding some of the limitations of bear spray under different...
  • AR15 style Rifle in 6.8 SPC used in Self Defense Against Black Bear

    10/15/2020 4:41:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 13 October, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    Image screenshot of a video from, by Keith Parker 1 September, 2020 Lake Tahoe, CA. Cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten Large black bear entering convenience store. Not the bear shot in the story. The above picture was taken about 25-30 miles from where a black bear was shot by the homeowner in Galena, Nevada, a bit South of Reno. That is an easy day travel distance for a bear. The bear pictured is not the bear that was shot.On June 19, at about 2:30 a.m., a homeowner in Galena, Nevada, just south of Reno, head noises as if...
  • Conroe couple fends off bear at Colorado cabin

    10/13/2020 4:46:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    The Courier ^ | 18 August, 2020 | Sondra Hernandez
    In the 23 years Bill and Stephanie Williams have owned a cabin in Creede, Colorado they never had any problems with animals on their property. But that all changed on the night of July 23 after an encounter with a 250-pound black bear that crashed into the Conroe couple’s cabin. Bill Williams was able to bring down the bear with a rifle but it was a harrowing night they won’t soon forget. The Williams have lived in Conroe for 27 years. Stephanie Williams is a watercolor artist and in the 1990s she met fellow watercolor artist Stephen Quiller who was...
  • Grizzly Bears, FOIA, Bird Hunting, Shotguns, and Close Range Defense

    10/05/2020 6:26:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 1 October, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    Most conflicts between bears and humans are not reported to the authorities. Of those which are reported, only a small number are reported in the local or national media. Of those reported in the media, many do not include information about the firearms used. A few months ago, Editor-in-Chief Fredy Rehl of AmmoLand News and I were discussing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests which might result in information of interest to AmmoLand News readers. I suggested FOIA requests be submitted to agencies dealing with bear attacks. Fredy's persistence and hard work have borne fruit. A FOIA request to the...
  • Bear Spray Failure in Alaska, 46-Year-Old Killed Clearing Trail

    09/07/2020 5:55:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 93 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 3 September, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    U.S.A. –-( On 29 July, 2020, Daniel Schilling went to clear trail about a mile from his cabin in Alaska. His dog returned home without him. His wife was very concerned. Searchers found his body, killed by a bear, where he was working. An empty can of bear spray, with the safety off, which had been discharged at the site, was also found. From August 6, 2020 (Anchorage) – Employees of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) responded to the location of a fatal bear attack that occurred Wednesday, July 29, near the community of Hope, to...
  • Canadian woman, 44, is mauled to death by a black bear while on phone to her father outside family cabin while her nine-year-old son watched from inside

    08/25/2020 7:28:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 25 August 2020 | Matthew Wright
    Stephanie Blais, 44, was killed on Thursday after she was attacked by the black bear outside the cabin at McKie Lake, near Buffalo Narrows . Blais had been on the phone with her father, Hubert Esquirol, at the time of the attack. Her nine-year-old son watched horrifically from inside the cabin . A conservation officer said that the bear attack was unprovoked. They also said the bear was not hungry and had a stomach full of berries. A Canadian woman was fatally mauled by a bear while outside her family's cabin while on the phone with her father, and to...
  • Oregon Fire Tower Bear Attack in 1958

    04/20/2020 5:40:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 17 April, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    Fire Tower Bear Attack, 1958 Black-Bear iStock-648818154 It was dark outside the little cabin near the fire tower in the Oregon mountains in 1958. Eight-year-old David Conner and his two younger sisters had gone to bed. He had not yet fallen asleep. It was quiet.His mother's screams sundered the peaceful night.  Time and memories would be divided into two parts. Before the night of the bear, and after.He jumped from the bed and scrambled toward the kitchen. The kitchen light was on. On his left was his mother. On the right was the kitchen window over the sink, with a...
  • Grizzly bear euthanized after encounter with hiker

    04/12/2020 5:06:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 91 replies
    MontanaRightNow ^ | 9 April, 2020 | Meridith Depping
    The incident happened late in the evening when the hiker encountered a sow with a cub at close range according to Fish Wildlife and Parks. The hiker shot the grizzly with a pistol after it attacked and bit him in the thigh. After the injured bear moved off, the hiker walked back to his house in Dupuyer. FWP says the grizzly’s behavior indicated it attacked to protect her cub from a perceived threat posed by the hiker. The injured grizzly was found the next morning and euthanized by FWP personnel.
  • Black Bear Attack Stopped with .45 on Second Floor of Motel

    11/30/2019 3:51:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 47 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 November, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    Gregg and dog On Thursday night, 7 November, 2019 a little after 11 p.m., at the Motel 6 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Greg Sapp was on the walkway outside of his and his wife, Viki's motel room on the second floor. He was getting a smoke. He did not know he would be emptying his Kimber .45 into a charging black bear within seconds. Link to video He was facing outward from the motel. Room 240 has one wall in common with the outside of the motel, with another in common with the breezeway that connects to the rooms on...
  • Carved Polar Bear Skull Shows Where to Aim when Attacked

    11/13/2019 7:19:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 8 November, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    Details of .22 Pistol Defense Failure against Polar Bear in Norway; iStock-940461304 I suspect much of the mythology about the difficulty of penetrating bear skulls with bullets is based on the position of a bear's brain inside of those skulls. The volume of a large bear's brain is a little more or less than a pint (473 ml). The volume of a large bear's head is about 2 1/2  gallons (9.46 l) or more. The brain, to many, is unexpectedly low and narrow. It is easy to shoot a bear in the head and miss the brain. It is easy...
  • RAW VIDEO: Circus Bear Attacks, Mauls Trainer After Being Forced To Push Wheelbarrow Like Human

    10/24/2019 9:01:52 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 31 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | 10/24/19
    Video footage has emerged of a circus bear attacking a trainer Olonets town, in the western Karelia region of Russia. The 600lb bear was prodded with an electric shock device to stop the attack. The severity of the trainers injuries were not known.
  • Details of .22 Pistol Defense Failure against Polar Bear in Norway

    10/24/2019 6:11:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 October, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    Details of .22 Pistol Defense Failure against Polar Bear in Norway; iStock-940461304 U.S.A. –-( While searching for cases where pistols were used to defend against bears, three failures have been found. In the last published results, of 73 cases, that was a 4% failure rate. The very small sample size means a few cases can change the percentages of success or failure significantly.  It is useful to know what happened in each case to determine how the failures and successes occurred. The three failures involved the three species of North American bears. One case involving a polar bear and a...
  • Grizzly Bear Attack in Montana Stopped with 9mm Pistols

    10/10/2019 5:31:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 October, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    On 16 September 2019, Chris Gregersen and Donivan Cambell were bow hunting elk in Montana, in the Gravelly Mountains, when they were attacked by a grizzly bear. They had gone out for an afternoon hunt, and had hunted up steep drainage, climbed the opposite slope, and had been calling for elk on the opposite side of the ridge with a bugle call.They were returning to their truck and camp. They stopped calling on the top of the ridge, crested the ridge, and were on a steep downward slope, moving toward the creek at the bottom, on an old game...