Anyone have a good bear story? Here's one of mine..... Back in 1986 I was stationed in Alaska near Fairbanks. On a tip from a friend I drove out along the Chatanika river to a log cabin near the highway. There I met an old timer that was a retired hunting guide. His name is long since forgotten but he was an amazing man. At 89 years old he looked maybe 70 and he had packed a huge amount of living into those years. The old timer showed me his discharge from the Army after serving as a Sergeant in WW1. It was signed by Ltc Dwight D. Eisenhower. Anyway the old man told me a great bear srory. One day he heard a Raven making a fuss near the River which was about 100 yds down a footpath from the cabin's back door. Taking his old Springfield 30-06 he headed down to the river. There he found a dead cow moose some road poacher had shot. She had washed up on a gravel bar. He notified Fish and Game they cut the cow open to confirm the reason for death and left it there. Two days later he heard the Ravens start raising a ruckus so he headed back out with his rifle to investigate. The first river channel the trail crossed was dry and only had water when it flooded. Our guy stopped behind a bush and looked upstream to see a young Black bear walking down the stream bed. Thinking great he waited for the double lung shot. Just as he was about to shoot there came a roar from across the channel bed and a huge Grizzly burst from the willows and grabbed this black bear shaking him like a terrier with a rat. The blackie squalled like a screaming child. Grizz turned him loose and he ran back up the creekbed squalling all the way out of sight. The big Grizz turned around and went back to his kill. Our friend badly shaken returned to his cabin glad he didn't walk into that big bear. Couple days later the old timer heard an airplane go by then circle several times and leave. Couple hours later a car parked down the highway and several hunters entered the woods. Shortly after that came a fulisade of shots down by the river. These heros left shortly after and the old man went to have another look. He found the bear had moved that full grown cow into the willow brush and eaten his fill then covered it with leaves and dirt. There was no sign of the bear being hurt. He believes the bear got away.
Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on May 12, 2009