Flurry of Bear Attacks Recorded Recently

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- A flurry of six bear attacks has happened in North America in less than a week from 27 September to 2 October 2021. The attacks ranged from three by grizzly bears in Canada, two by grizzly bears in the Western United States, and one by a black bear in Ashville, North Carolina. The attacks continue a trend to make this a banner year for bear-human conflicts. Here are the six attacks:

1 & 2. Two separate bear maulings  on 27 September 2021 in Alberta, Canada:

Two men are in hospital after being mauled in separate grizzly bear attacks, roughly 70 kilometres apart in southern Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. 

At 12:47 p.m. Sunday, Kananaskis Emergency Services was notified of an attack on Storelk Mountain, south of Highwood Pass in Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park.

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About seven hours later, at 8 p.m., Blairmore RCMP received a call about a hunter who had been attacked by a bear.

Two hunters were searching for grouse in an area about 10 kilometres west of Highway 40, near the Alberta-British Columbia boundary and south of Gould Dome mountain, when they came across a grizzly sow and her cubs. The bear attacked one of the hunters, while the other shot the bear, scaring her off, officials said.

3. Another bear mauling on 29 September, 2021 in British Columbia, Canada:

The BC Conservation Officer Service says a man is in hospital after a grizzly bear attack in the central Interior region.

In a post on Twitter, the service says the attack happened on Wednesday morning near Granisle, which is northwest of Burns Lake, and about 325 kilometres northwest of Prince George.

4. A grizzly attack on 29 September, 2021, near Cody Wyoming. This correspondent has interviewed one of those involved. A full report is in the works.

Two elk hunters and the guide were charged by the bear without any warning or provocation on their part. They responded with handgun fire and bear spray. The charge was finally stopped a few feet from the defenders.

5. A predatory black bear attack on a peaceful couple and their dog in Asheville, NC, on 29 September, 2021. The man heroically defended the woman and dog, but was severely injured in the process. From the National Park Service on Facebook:

It is not at all uncommon for a bear to bluff charge, pop their jaws, huff, stomp their feet etc. when they encounter a dog, on or off leash. However, this attack was unusual in that the bear was uncharacteristically aggressive and continued to pursue the human subjects involved after the dog was removed and continued to attack the couple’s vehicle after they were all inside of it and the threat (the couple and their dog) was effectively removed. This is not typical or characteristic defensive bear behavior and indicates a more predatory response. This presents an intolerable level of risk in a high-use, public area.

6. 2 October, 2021, Wyoming Archery (correction, they were on a firearm hunt, not archery) hunters shot bear, after or while getting mauled. From nptelegraph .com:

A hunter who was attacked by a grizzly this weekend west of Cody shot and killed the bear, wildlife officials said. Her two cubs were later euthanized by authorities.

The attack occurred Saturday morning as the man was elk hunting. He and his hunting partner had a “sudden encounter” with the bears, according to a statement from state and federal wildlife agencies. The female grizzly had not been handled by officials in the past and was unmarked.

The Canadians are generally not allowed to have handguns for their defense against bears. Fortunately, the hunter had a shotgun, which served him well. The Americans out west carried guns and defended themselves against the aggressive animals. The Asheville man acted gallantly but would have benefited from having a handgun available. Any gun would probably have worked. .22 rimfires have worked against black bears, even grizzly bears.

Bear attacks tend to ramp up in fall when bears have strong urges to eat as much as possible in preparation for hibernation.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Duane
Duane (@duane)
29 days ago

The North American bear population is booming.

I have shot bears with rifles, shotguns and handguns.

  • I prefer deep penetrating projectiles.
  • Buck shot well work at close ranges where the pattern spread is small less then 4 inches.
  • With that size of that pattern one has to aim like a rifle, handgun or shotgun loaded with slugs.
  • So one might as well used solid projectiles that give better penetration further out . Unlike buck shot that might not have adequate penetration.
  • Firearms of many types and calibers perform better then spray by a large margin
Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull (@rld454c)
1 month ago

I live in grizzley country and I pack a Ruger Blackhawk .44 rem mag at all times when I am out and about . Better to have it and not need it , than to need it and not have it !

Nurph
Nurph (@nurph)
1 month ago

The attack in NC is particularly troubling. That bear has/and no fear of humans what so ever!

swmft
swmft (@swmft)
1 month ago
Reply to  Nurph

not just feeding them, the day hikers leave half eaten food,garbage the pack it in pack it out mantra is dead.hi calorie food hikers eat is what bears need to fatten up fast

JayWPB
JayWPB (@fl-ga)
1 month ago
Reply to  swmft

The bear doesn’t see any difference between food scraps in a garbage can and a preared meal presented on fine bone china. All the bear knows is that humans = food. My implication is intentional.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
1 month ago
Reply to  swmft

I used to ride horses in the back country and I can’t begin to tell you how many times I packed out Sierra Clubbers trash Now I am tired of packing out hunters plastic bottles they throw on the ground after drinking the water but you know all that New Age plastic being littered is much better than lets say an old school canteen. RIGHT?

swmft
swmft (@swmft)
1 month ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

they stopped the glass because people would throw it down and someone would get cut,however over time glass reverts to sand, plastic remains toxic for the foreseeable future

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
1 month ago
Reply to  swmft

The plastic also doesn’t start forest fires like glass will but I would rather drink from glass than plastic and I don’t cook with aluminum pots or pans. My canteen is made out of metal and my thermos is stainless. It’s all reusable so it can be handed down for generations saving deposits on bottles and keeping the earth clean.

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman (@henry_bowman)
1 month ago

This is why I want to get a 10MM pistol. I live 90 minutes from the Canadian border and there are lots of bear here. A couple weeks ago, a bear came barreling across the highway and connected with my bumper (and died even before it hit the ground). Everyone here have bumper guards on both trucks and cars, so I guess I’ll need that too. I have an AR-10 that I carry whenever I am out on the property, but it’s full sized. A pistol is a bit easier to carry!

Steve
Steve (@steve0848)
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

10mm is great and I have both a Glock 40 and a CMMG Banshee Mk 10. I’m glad I got them and lots of 10mm ammo about a year before the ammo crunch. I’d trust the G40 in bear country since the selection of 10mm ammo has really become vast. You can get 200 grain hard cast or some of the Underwood Extreme Penetrator rounds that will stop a bear. Also, the G40 has a 15 round magazine so that’s a plus. I’ve run all sorts of different 10mm loads through both of those guns and never had a misfire… Read more »

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman (@henry_bowman)
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

Oh yeah, I’m a fan for life of that Underwood ammo!

Vern
Vern (@vern)
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

I carry a .357 loaded with Lehigh defense rounds, 120 grain that leave the muzzle around 1500 fps. Some times I carry my short 350 Legend AR with the 118 grain round that leaves the muzzle at 2500 fps. I have seen these rounds tear ballistic jell from corner to corner for ten inches into the jell. I never want to encounter a bear while out in the woods, but if I do and it wants a piece of me I want something that will make the bear not do so.

willyd
willyd (@willyd)
1 month ago
Reply to  Vern

I wouldn’t carry any hand gun smaller than a full house charged 357!!!!!!!!!!!!

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman (@henry_bowman)
1 month ago
Reply to  willyd

.357 < 10MM.

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JimmyS
JimmyS (@jimmys)
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

You don’t know that much about guns, do you? I have 235gr WLN cast bullets in my 357 shooting at 1100fps. In all your wisdom, tell me what you load in your 10 that penetrates more and busts more bone?

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyS

As a 10mm fan I have to agree. While one can find underpowered 357, down to 38 special levels, full power 357 beats 10mm per shot. Bear attacks are usually fast enough that have more rounds in the gun doesn’t matter.

However accuracy remains king. If you can put it into the roof of their mouth, likely a 22 will suffice. I’m not a good shot in best circumstances – so I need more.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

Your right but if you let your nerves get the better of you and you get all pumped up with adrenalin then you will probably be shaking and you could use the extra shots to make up the difference if your not shaking to much. I have seen trained professionals (law enforcement) respond with fire on tv. They had 10 shots each and used them all. You could see the sparks flying 5 foot in front of the person and 5 foot off to the side hitting the concrete. The two fired 20 shots and I think 6 hit the… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyS

You may be right. Look at the picture. It looks like 9mm to me not 10.

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman (@henry_bowman)
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyS

Oh shut up. I was just extolling my love for the 10mm, which is pretty much like the .41 magnum. I’m not a revolver fan, though I did in fact have a model 19 S&W. You don’t have to be a rude SOB, either. Because you can’t be civil, I’m gonna ignore you from now on. Here’s a mallet, go pound some sand!

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