An Eagle River* man walked away from a bear attack by fending it off with a gun, according to state wildlife officials.
Around 1 p.m. Thursday the unidentified man was walking along Eagle River Trail, a private road leading to his home, when his dogs sprinted ahead out of sight.
Moments later the dogs came rushing back with a brown bear sow and a cub on their heels.
The bear turned attention away from the canines to the man, chomping his upper arm and hand, but he was able to draw his handgun and fired three rounds into the bear.
* Eagle River is a dozen miles north of Anchorage.