Comments: Cooler...

I saw a red squirrel once, and it had somebody's nut.. I ran!!

Posted by James on May 30, 2006 09:35 AM

Lions and tigers and bears...oh, shit.

Posted by Elisson on May 30, 2006 11:30 AM

Dayum!

Posted by oddybobo on May 30, 2006 12:03 PM

Wow. A bear that has a thing for pickled okra. Whodathunkit?

Posted by Bou on May 30, 2006 12:54 PM

Eric,
And I thought bears only went after picnic baskets. Maybe I need to watch more Animal Planet and less Cartoon Network.

Posted by Jerry on May 30, 2006 01:31 PM

...maybe people need to stop building in areas where bears live???? Never mind, that was too simple a solution.

Posted by vicki on May 30, 2006 02:36 PM

Eric --

Bears, eh? Well, I live in Florida and... I once saw a ten foot gator surge up to the deck level of a neighboring boat and snatch a cat from this life to the next. Bring me another beer honey.

Bob

Posted by Bob Baird on May 30, 2006 03:42 PM

Just carry which ever one of those hand guns that you think would put YOU out of your misery the fastest if you manage to hold onto it when the bear starts to maul you. Because ain't neather one of them going to stop a big charging black bear sow and mostly you will just piss her off. A 3" magnum 12 gauge load with tripple ought buck is about the best unless you can find a 10 gauge.

Posted by GUYK on May 30, 2006 05:05 PM

... actually, GuyK, my Uncle hunts and harvests black bears with a 44mag and has for years....

Posted by Eric on May 30, 2006 06:21 PM

We have bears in the Garden State, but, so far, none of them have been very uppity.

We do have more than our fair share of uppity assholes, though -- many of whom need shootin'.

Posted by Jim - PRS on May 30, 2006 09:51 PM

Our uppity bears around these parts petitioned the county for a rezoning of their National Wildlife property to allow them to put up a souvenier/nick-nak shop selling ursine paraphernalia and honey smoothies...

at least they claim the yellow stuff is honey...

Posted by rsm on May 31, 2006 07:04 AM

Whoa! Talk bout your zeitgeist. Here in Bavaria there's a bear that just wandered in over the Austrian border. You'd think it was a full-scale bear insurgency to read the news reports.

Posted by Rube on May 31, 2006 11:06 AM

Go to adn.com and read about our most recent grizzly mauling. Even the guy's dogs didn't stick around and watch! Ouch!

Posted by Alaska Kim on May 31, 2006 04:01 PM

Yeah, there were some indians in Alaska who hunted them with 30-30 carbines. But there is a difference in shooting a bear who doesn't know he is fixin' to get shot and one that is full of adrenalin and charging you. I was involved in a hunt of a wounded griz that a nut had shot in the chest with a .338 Winchester Mag when the bear charged him. He got a way but so did the Griz. A couple of weeks later the griz was finally brought in with the slug imbedded in the muscle of it chest..never penetrated into the chest cavity. I suspect a black bear wouldn't have that kind of muscle but even so if the adrenalin was pumping I wouldn't want to try to bring it down with a hand gun.

Posted by GUYK on May 31, 2006 07:36 PM