The number of bear-human conflicts in Idaho has dramatically spiked according to reports from July through September.
On August 14, 2010, a grizzly bear charged two people in an unprovoked attack near Fish Creek on WY Forest Service Rd 693. The bear was stopped with gunfire a few feet from the people.
As of 31 July, 2021, there were five fatal bear attacks in North America for the year. The previous record was set in 2005, which also had five fatal attacks. There are five months left in the year.
This is a combined rifle and pistol stop of a bear attack. When shot, the bear left and then died. Neither hunter was injured by the bear.
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request found a combined defense against grizzly bears with a bow and a .40 caliber pistol, in Montana, during 2014.
In the latest update on how effective pistols and handguns are when used to defend against bears, 104 documented cases show a success rate of 97%.
An old Grizzly bear charged three bow hunters in an unprovoked attack from eight yards. The three bow hunters had pistols, a .45, a .44 magnum, and a 9mm.
An experienced Montana outdoorsman had bear spray but was attacked and killed by a grizzly bear near Yellowstone Park on 15 April 2021.
Modern Sporting rifles, such as civilian clones of the AR15 and the AK47 have worked well in stopping aggressive bears.
Ken Ledeau was attacked by a Grizzly bear near Dupuyer, Montana. Ken used a model 629 Smith & Wesson .44 magnum to stop the attack.
A paper published in the Journal of Wildlife Management shows and quantifies several of the limitations of bear spray in cold or windy conditions.
The .22 rimfire caliber is often underestimated. I has the power to consistently kill large animals. Here are 20 incidents where .22 rimfire firearms were used against bears.
An AR15 rifle was used in self defense against a black bear in Galena, Nevada, south of Reno, on 19 June, 2020. After an investigation, no charges have been made against the homeowner.
AmmoLand News has obtained a treasure trove of factual accounts of bears and self-defense through an FOIA request. Some incidents of self-defense against bears while bird hunting is described.
A bear spray failure resulting in a fatality has occurred in Alaska. If the same criteria is applied to bear spray as was applied to firearms, the death was clearly a bear spray failure.
A Canadian mother was attacked and killed by a black bear, in a surprise predatory attack. Bear spay failed to drive off the bear. Her husband shot and killed the animal.
A bear biologist makes a hyperbolic statement about the chances of bear attacks. He is wrong. Being mauled by a bear is much more likely than being struck by lightning, twice.
It was 1958, at a fire tower in the mountains of Oregon. A family will never forget the night of the bear attack.
Three failures out of 93 cases where guns were used to defend against bears translate to a 97% success rate for the use of guns against bears.
A large black bear charged a Marine veteran on the second story of a Tennessee motel. The Marine had a .45; he was not injured, but he was charged with crimes.