A man hiking on a popular Turnagain Arm trail near the Seward Highway killed a charging brown bear with a semi-automatic AK-74 rifle Sunday, prompting Chugach State Park rangers to close a section of the popular trail.
... “The bear presented its rear end to him,” [Tom Crockett, park ranger] said.
The man called, “Hey, bear,” hoping not to startle the animal, he said. The bear turned and charged, the hiker later told rangers.
The man fired the AK-74 he was carrying, Crockett said. The bear stopped after the first volley of shots, and then charged again.
The man fired once more, Crockett said.
That time the bear folded into a ball, rolling and running downhill and thudding to a stop in a clump of birch trees about 100 yards from the trail.
“There it expired,” Crockett said.
Crockett estimated the bear weighed 500 to 600 pounds.
Just another slice of Alaskan life. Of course, the crybabies in Congress would prefer that the man be killed by the bear, rather than defend himself. As it is, however, he'll face no charges.
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