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Bear kills runner in Alaska

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by SmokeRoss, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. SmokeRoss

    SmokeRoss GTDS Member #49

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  2. nursetim

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    I KNEW IT! EXERCISE WILL KILL YOU! :tongueout:
     

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    Sniffler Unruly Silver Member

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    "The runner had apparently made it to the halfway point turnaround and was on his way down when he used his phone to text a family member at 12:37 p.m. that he was being chased by a bear, Precosky said."


    This is tragic and I'm not making fun but, WHAT?
     
  4. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    um yeah, a large caliber pistol would be better than a cell phone in that situation.
     
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    "A Chugach State Park ranger shot the bear in the face, but it ran away."

    I guess a slug isn't enough.
     
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    You don't carry a pistol during a big race though.

    Sucks, but that's just part of living in the wild.
     
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    Did he take a "selfie" for Facebook too?
     
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    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    There is a lot of fat and skin on the skull of a bear. Just shooting it in the face, doesn't really mean a damn thing. Could be a slowly fatal hit (i.e. concussion/broken jaw) or just a flesh wound.
     
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    Of course this is sad to hear, and my condolences go out to the family. On the other hand, it's probably not the worst way to go. I would imagine that one would go into shock and it would be over pretty quick. I've always felt that I'd rather get killed by a bear, shark, lion, than get killed by a drunk driver or some crackhead shooting up a 7/11. Besides, think how the grandkids and all would brag about you. My grandpa was killed by a bear. Top that. Well when we go to places where we are not the top of the food chain, it happens. S&W 500 might have helped.
     
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    Do you know how fast those big bears can run? F.A.S.T. like 40 mph for short sprints fast.
     
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    I doubt this kid will have any grandkids to talk about him.
     
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    My wife and I hiked that trail last September. About half way up we found a steaming pile of fresh bear dung. Of course we are old and wouldn't run even if we could. I was packing my Redhawk 44 mag with heavy bear loads in a chest holster.

    BTW, The story says it was black bear not a grizzly that attacked the runner.
     
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    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

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    He was a sixteen year old kid and he tried to reach out to his mom and dad for help. Does that strike you as an unusual thing for a kid to do?
     
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    Well, I'm sure most of us expect mountain men in the woods of Alaska to know better than a suburbanite in Arizona. Even at 16. Especially when running in the woods.

    That sucks, though. Poor kid.
     
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    I don't think it would be a very pleasant way at all. Knowing you are being chased and not going to be able to out run it would be terrifying. God Bless the young man and his Family.
     
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    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    :headscratch:

    I've never seen a garbage dumpster run.

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    He was an unarmed kid from Anchorage, not Grizzly Adams. He had the presence of mind to contact his parents, which notified them of the attack. He was found well off the trail. How long would it have taken for an alarm to be raised and a search to have been made for him otherwise? I'm not sure what anyone could expect an unarmed kid to do against an aggressive black bear. At any rate, no one knows how the kid handled himself during the confrontation. Only the outcome is known and it is damned sad.
     
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    Not something anyone wants to happen.

    But it is well known that black bears hunt people. There's no playing dead with them, there's no running away, there's no climbing trees.

    Carry a gun and hope the black bears are looking for other things to eat, and that they haven't decided on people as their meal. Most seem happy to avoid people, but not always :)
     
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    Sad, very sad.

    RIP young fellow.
     
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