Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bear Attacks in the News

The first story - which I found via Tam, indirectly - is one for the history books. Black Bear Attack! | Outdoor Life
Timothy Scott was attacked by a bear while on a hiking trip Sunday, marking the first recorded black bear attack ever in Kentucky history, according to the Associated Press.
Tam has some pretty good things to say about being a tool-using human when faced with wild animals; go take a look at her post. (More on the quality and technology level of the tools you should use.)

Then in Pennsylvania, there was another attack. Black bear attacks woman walking her dog in woods -
A Perry County woman suffered bites and scratches from a black bear Tuesday, the first such attack in the state in about a year.

The attack occurred about 6:15 a.m. as the woman walked her Australian sheep dog in a wooded area near her home on East Newport Road in Oliver Twp.
Doesn't sound like a trip to the outback.

A few days ago, an attack in New Mexico. Woman survives bear attack in Sandias | Albuquerque, N.M. | KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A female camper fought off an attacking bear early Sunday morning in the Sandia Mountains.

Campers awoke to find a bear pawing at their tent.

The bear then grabbed a female camper and dragged her out of the tent.
Though these folks did the wrong thing by keeping food in their tent.

There there is the geologist in Alaska who was attacked twice in a few minutes. (This was last week.) The Associated Press: Alaska geologist survives 2 attacks by grizzly
Miller was clearing brush with a handsaw so the helicopter could land, when the bear appeared about 25 feet away.

"When he stepped into the clearing he didn't snarl and stand up and show me how big he was. He just came for me," Miller said.

Miller managed to pull out his .357 Magnum revolver and squeeze off a single shot, possibly grazing the animal. Then his survival training kicked in: He fell onto his stomach, dug his face into the dirt and covered his neck with his hands to protect it from the grizzly's claws and teeth.

The bear went for his exposed right arm, gnawing and clawing it and chipping the bone off the tip of his elbow. The attack lasted 10-15 seconds, then the animal lumbered away.

"I thought it was over, I thought he was gone," Miller said.

He rolled over and was getting to his knees when the bear, which was only about 40 yards away, came at him again.
Not much in a handgun is very good against a grizzly. They are just too big and tough. Rifles. Even those can leave you in trouble.

Most people don't think of New Jersey as state that would have a bear problem, but they do. Bear attack forces postponement of NJ fireworks | Daily Record
WEST MILFORD — A northern New Jersey community is postponing its holiday fireworks display as authorities search for a bear that attacked a hiker and his dog last week.
Motorcyclist collides with black bear in Sussex County |
FREDON — A motorcyclist traveling in Fredon this morning suffered minor injuries after he suffered a collision with a black bear.
And so on...

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