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Grizzly Attack Caught on Camera

Grizzly Attack Caught on Camera

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from reischjake wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

That would suck

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Wow, he's very licky to survive that. Wonder what caused the Grizzly to turn on him?
Just goes to show that even in a somewhat controlled enviroment, animals can still be deadly and one must keep their wits about them in case something similar this were to happen to them.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Bears cannot be predicted in any way, this fella was lucky! I’ve learned a lot of things in Alaska; do not use a camera that makes a noise such as the shutter clicking. This imitates the sound of a bear clacking its teeth when challenging or warning another bear and don’t keep you’re Kodiak Tobacco in your back pocket like one hunter found out. If you thought your boss chewed your butt out, this fella has you beat over 70 stitches and drainage tubes hanging out !!

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from mrarmyaustin wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

The man is VERY fortunate to have survived this attack with only minor (although life threatening)injuries! It just goes to show you that you can never predict how a wild animal will react in a given situation.

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from jrblot wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

I cant even imagine how that warden must of felt. I hope he was able to rest his hurt leg on a big brown rug.

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from peter wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

this is pretty cool
but maybe the guy taking pictures should have stopped shooting pictures and start shooting bear as soon as the guy fell off the truck

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from norcalhunter7 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I can't believe this guy was able to walk away from this accident. Someone must have shot that bear pretty fast. Can you believe the size of it's claws!

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from micksass wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Wow! The guy is lucky. It appears that they need to evaluate their bear cage securment for the truck, and maybe a provide aflat surface on the top of the cage to walk on when releasing the bear. That could have helped. Where is OSHA when you need them?

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from Sam Cobb wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Lucky Guy!

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

They are a dangerous animal, people need to be able to protect themselves at all times...

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from cvitols wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

this guys very lucky. i wouldnt be surprised if he picked up bear hunting...

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Wow very scary

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from bigbang270 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Wow that's nuts

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from RKeener wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

If the cage had been bolted to the truck, it wouldn't have come off, and the guy would have been able to stay out of reach.

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from LJ2323 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

is that meat on the ground part of his leg?!?

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from VT Outdoorsman wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Wow, sounds like it was good he had his .357 accessible.

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from VT Outdoorsman wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Wow, sounds like it was good he had his .357 accessible.

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from wally wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

ALL bear are tempermental and too unpredictable.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

If I remember correctly, this attack occurred in 1987 after the bear had killed a cow and had to be relocated...Good thing warden Kis was quick with the iron, it saved his life!

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Wow trapped between a mad bear and a bear cage. Some days its just better to stay home! :) Glad he got only minor cuts, could have been MUCH worse.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

wow thats wild.

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from prairieghost wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

come on F&S. this is OLD stuff! let's try and keep the news current???

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from koeka wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

waited too long..........

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from grantorrin wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

This is just a sad story...for Kis and the bear.

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from flyfishermanj wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Talk about a crazy turn of events, man was he lucky!!

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from ROOSTER500 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

that guys lucky he still has his head!

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from cohosam wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Wow, what a series of pictures! Maybe the Montana fish and game needs to figure out a system of remotely operated traps that wardens can open from the relative safety of the truck's cab. I pray that the warden is or has healed from his injuries.

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from lloydwus wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Seems to me I saw these pictures several years ago and the wilflife officer killed the bear with his 357 mag handgun.

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from climate_zero wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

These pics have to be very old the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks haven't worn those uniforms for a very long time.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

He's a fortunate man to be alive!!!!!

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from mdchunting wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

Wow, he is one lucky guy. I wonder if that happens often. At least he escaped with his life.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Good thing he had his gun.

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from RANels wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

WOW!! That must have been a scarry feeling,I can imagine the pain after the shock and adrenalin wore off.He must be one tough guy.

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from Luke.fortier@sb... wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

wow, i would have crapped my pants.

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from Luke.fortier@sb... wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

hope he's ok.

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from ChadWa wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I'm not visiting Field & Stream again until the survey window is limited to the home page only.

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from buckhunterjr wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

What a lucky guy! I would be counting my blessings if i was put in that scary situation.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I would have taken action much sooner. I think I would have shot the bear when it turned and was trying to get to the warden before the cage was even pulled from the truck. I may have fired a warning shot into the ground in a safe direction to see if the sound scared the bear off but shot 2 definitely would have shoot to kill. But it is also certainly much easier to Monday morning quarterback than to actually react when in the situation. Thank god that he survived.

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from slickheadkiller2 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

i was wonderin if he killed that damn thing. wonder if he tried to "relocate" any more bears?

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I have seen those photos many times before but never knew the story. Was almost certain that the release site was Tuchuk Creek near the Canadian border in Montana and I was also almost certain that was Louis Kiss on top of the crate. The Big Sky mudflaps were a giveaway and I fished off that bridge many times when I was a kid (fifty years ago!). Absolutely thrilled to finally know I called this one correctly. After I left for the Army, Louis measured my first bull elk. He has been retired for a long time (if he's still alive). At the time of this photo he was more than just a game warden. He was in charge of the district. He was a fine fella. A good warden, thoughtful, pleasant, and sensible.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Are these guys stupid? The cage has a grizzly in it and the device is not fastened to the truck bed? A shame that the grizzly had to die because these idiots don't think. My dog has more common sense than these Montana game wardens.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

these are just as interesting as they were the first time i saw them as a kid .

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from struttingtom43 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

does any body else see the guy in the passenger seat laughing his ass off hahahsa. that sucks.

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from LaFire wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

in pic 13 is that a piece of flesh on the ground of something else?

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from Elkaholic wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Better go to Vegas, Renew your wedding vows, and put it all on black.

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from LaFire wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

look at the claws on pic 22. Huge!!!!

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from abiddle013 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Seems like this could've been avoided. I agree with you Ruckweiler, these guys should have taken more precautions when dealing with an animal like this.

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from 1Shot2Kills wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Wow, talk about a bad day.

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from BowtechWVU wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

wow, thats very interesting to see those collection of picture. That man had a guardain angel over him that day GOD BLESS AND GOOD HUNTING

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from crp1121 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

that .357 was a good investment

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from Steve Marlin wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Anyone know how many times he had to shoot to stop the attack?

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from Koel wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

In all my bear encounters i use a gun called "the judge" you put one round of .410 to blind him then its open fire with the .45 with the same gun. This guy is clearly an idiot. This was not the bears fault and if this guy was working for a park he would be fired.

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from Btru5507 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

He is crazy lucky to survive that! That bear was crazy

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from BigBuckHunterDan wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

WOW that would really suck

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 4 years 1 week ago

You can read all about this incident and many other fascinating bear tales in "Great Montana Bear Stories" available through Riverbend Publishing.
http://www.riverbendpublishing.com/

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 4 years 1 week ago

You can read all about this incident and many other fascinating bear tales in "Great Montana Bear Stories" available through Riverbend Publishing.
http://www.riverbendpublishing.com/

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 4 years 1 week ago

You can read all about this incident and many other fascinating bear tales in "Great Montana Bear Stories" available through Riverbend Publishing.
http://www.riverbendpublishing.com/

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from BaldEagle1 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

This guy is really lucky!

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from timhansford wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

This is a crazy story. I have looked at the pics a few times but finally decided to read about it. On slide 16 there is a guy named Al Elser, turns out he is a relative. Pretty cool.

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from derekegler wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

I think that the photographer should have been pointing a 7mm with a scope instead of a 35mm with a telephoto, would have saved that man some pain.

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

Wow, great pics, good thing he was carrying a hand gun. He's lucky to be alive.

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from marlinmarie wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I am wondering a couple of things - 1.Why wasnt the containment unit straped down? 2. Why would you release on what looks like a bridge? The bear comes out and sees stright ahead, he may for a moment felt cornered with no where to go? These guys should know better than that.

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from WisconsinBearHunter wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

if thats not a close call i dont know what is.

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from mrsroadrunner wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Wild animals, never know what they are going to do. Glad he was not hurt worse!

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from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

The whole thing wuz stupid.

And I think he could have scared the beer off!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

Can someone get rid of all this spam!!

I note a big error in the story. The Bob Marshall Wilderness is a roadless area. Always has been. It is impossible to drive a vehicle "deep into the heart" of the Bob. That site was almost certainly Tuchuk Creek right up against the B.C. border.

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from Dave Singley wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I wonder what brilliant Montana Department of Fish & Game worker decided that securing the trap in the back of the truck with any of the following: rope/wire/bolts/MIG/bungee/boot laces/belt was unnecessary.

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from icegypsy wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

What a shame. I'm sure that warden was more concerned with having to kill the bear than the damage to his leg. Hopefully they have learned to secure the trap for future releases.

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from jandemason wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

wow that would have been a scary situation

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from Don Mitchell wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

I'm glad the the game warden is ok, but ,as i see it, there was a lot of mistakes made that would have prevented what took place,if they had not happened.
why was his pardner still sitting in the truck????
PHOTO#10???? Dumb from start to finish

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from dbudde wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

As Red Foreman would say: "The reason bad things happen to you, is because You are a Dumb-Ass!" ;-)
For those who beleive this incident should spark Ranger Rick to pick up Bear hunting is no different than thinking if a minority commited a crime against you... You should join the Klan!
~This was an avoidable "accident". ALL accidents are avoidable.

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from Hanshi wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

I had seen this years ago but it never loses it's impact. It's so sad the bear had to die but the ranger had no choice and was extremely lucky to have survived.

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from Carney wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

They should have turned that bear into a rug back when it killed the cow. Just sayin'.

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from ahunter101 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Thank the Lord the bear didn't kill him. But the ranger only did what was necessary at the time.

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from dbarry wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Very old article but timely. Just on a forum where talk was that you needed a .500 ba-magnum something or other for bear country. ...and yeah, like luke said, I would have crapped my pants too.

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Wasn't a very safe operation, they planned on driving away with the Warden standing on the round top of the trap, which wasn't even tied into the bed of the truck. Luckly he had a man's best two friends Smith & Wesson and it would be a good selling point. Our .357 stopped a grizzley. I bet he will keep that pistol forever. Hope he recovers with no lasting effects.

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from square_peg wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Smith & Wesson? That looked like a GP100 in stainless to me.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

should have had the trap secured in the truck. Glad he is ok.

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from spoda be wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

FYI;To locate this site,leave Hungry Horse Mt,to Spotted Bear,then west via Meadow Ck.horse camp to Bunker Ck. From the locked gate hike 6 miles to the bridge which hunters used to camp at.From there it's about 2 miles to this bridge (Mid ck.)where the photos were taken. Not the first time for Lou Kis. the previous year there was at least 8 problem griz dropped in this area.One year Lou left a note on my sleeping bag saying he had dropped a sow & cub that day.(Iwas in area w/goat tag)Per my info; there was a shotgun ready for trouble, but unable to make a safe shot. All this about the time that Bill Ronny(sp ?)was editor of Outdoor Life. Let me say that Lou Kis was a fair man & not foolish as some may think.More info available, but think I've ran out of space.

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from Michael_Schulze wrote 44 weeks 3 days ago

As the son (step-son) of Lou Kis, I can hopefully add some clarity to the discussion. Spoda be is absolutely correct on the location. I like the story of the note on his sleeping bag. That's very typical of Lou looking out for people and wildlife. This bear was given an extra chance because he was new to the gene pool. He was caught on a reservation in a much lighter trap. There was no time for anyone to shoot as it was over in seconds. The lack of securing the trap was an oversight by someone that Lou took ultimate responsibility for since he says he should have checked it. He was a dedicated F&G officer and an expert on Grizzlies. He fully recovered and is still more than happy to show you his leg.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Bears cannot be predicted in any way, this fella was lucky! I’ve learned a lot of things in Alaska; do not use a camera that makes a noise such as the shutter clicking. This imitates the sound of a bear clacking its teeth when challenging or warning another bear and don’t keep you’re Kodiak Tobacco in your back pocket like one hunter found out. If you thought your boss chewed your butt out, this fella has you beat over 70 stitches and drainage tubes hanging out !!

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from jrblot wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

I cant even imagine how that warden must of felt. I hope he was able to rest his hurt leg on a big brown rug.

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Wow, he's very licky to survive that. Wonder what caused the Grizzly to turn on him?
Just goes to show that even in a somewhat controlled enviroment, animals can still be deadly and one must keep their wits about them in case something similar this were to happen to them.

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from reischjake wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

That would suck

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from mrarmyaustin wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

The man is VERY fortunate to have survived this attack with only minor (although life threatening)injuries! It just goes to show you that you can never predict how a wild animal will react in a given situation.

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from peter wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

this is pretty cool
but maybe the guy taking pictures should have stopped shooting pictures and start shooting bear as soon as the guy fell off the truck

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

If I remember correctly, this attack occurred in 1987 after the bear had killed a cow and had to be relocated...Good thing warden Kis was quick with the iron, it saved his life!

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from micksass wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Wow! The guy is lucky. It appears that they need to evaluate their bear cage securment for the truck, and maybe a provide aflat surface on the top of the cage to walk on when releasing the bear. That could have helped. Where is OSHA when you need them?

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from VT Outdoorsman wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Wow, sounds like it was good he had his .357 accessible.

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from wally wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

ALL bear are tempermental and too unpredictable.

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from 1Shot2Kills wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Wow, talk about a bad day.

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from norcalhunter7 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I can't believe this guy was able to walk away from this accident. Someone must have shot that bear pretty fast. Can you believe the size of it's claws!

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

They are a dangerous animal, people need to be able to protect themselves at all times...

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from RKeener wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

If the cage had been bolted to the truck, it wouldn't have come off, and the guy would have been able to stay out of reach.

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from VT Outdoorsman wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Wow, sounds like it was good he had his .357 accessible.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Wow trapped between a mad bear and a bear cage. Some days its just better to stay home! :) Glad he got only minor cuts, could have been MUCH worse.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

wow thats wild.

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from ROOSTER500 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

that guys lucky he still has his head!

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from lloydwus wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Seems to me I saw these pictures several years ago and the wilflife officer killed the bear with his 357 mag handgun.

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from climate_zero wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

These pics have to be very old the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks haven't worn those uniforms for a very long time.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Good thing he had his gun.

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from RANels wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

WOW!! That must have been a scarry feeling,I can imagine the pain after the shock and adrenalin wore off.He must be one tough guy.

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from buckhunterjr wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

What a lucky guy! I would be counting my blessings if i was put in that scary situation.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I have seen those photos many times before but never knew the story. Was almost certain that the release site was Tuchuk Creek near the Canadian border in Montana and I was also almost certain that was Louis Kiss on top of the crate. The Big Sky mudflaps were a giveaway and I fished off that bridge many times when I was a kid (fifty years ago!). Absolutely thrilled to finally know I called this one correctly. After I left for the Army, Louis measured my first bull elk. He has been retired for a long time (if he's still alive). At the time of this photo he was more than just a game warden. He was in charge of the district. He was a fine fella. A good warden, thoughtful, pleasant, and sensible.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

these are just as interesting as they were the first time i saw them as a kid .

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from Sam Cobb wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Lucky Guy!

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from cvitols wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

this guys very lucky. i wouldnt be surprised if he picked up bear hunting...

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Wow very scary

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from bigbang270 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Wow that's nuts

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from LJ2323 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

is that meat on the ground part of his leg?!?

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from koeka wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

waited too long..........

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from grantorrin wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

This is just a sad story...for Kis and the bear.

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from flyfishermanj wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Talk about a crazy turn of events, man was he lucky!!

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from cohosam wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Wow, what a series of pictures! Maybe the Montana fish and game needs to figure out a system of remotely operated traps that wardens can open from the relative safety of the truck's cab. I pray that the warden is or has healed from his injuries.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

He's a fortunate man to be alive!!!!!

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from mdchunting wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

Wow, he is one lucky guy. I wonder if that happens often. At least he escaped with his life.

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from Luke.fortier@sb... wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

wow, i would have crapped my pants.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I would have taken action much sooner. I think I would have shot the bear when it turned and was trying to get to the warden before the cage was even pulled from the truck. I may have fired a warning shot into the ground in a safe direction to see if the sound scared the bear off but shot 2 definitely would have shoot to kill. But it is also certainly much easier to Monday morning quarterback than to actually react when in the situation. Thank god that he survived.

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from slickheadkiller2 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

i was wonderin if he killed that damn thing. wonder if he tried to "relocate" any more bears?

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from Elkaholic wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Better go to Vegas, Renew your wedding vows, and put it all on black.

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from LaFire wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

look at the claws on pic 22. Huge!!!!

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from crp1121 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

that .357 was a good investment

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from Steve Marlin wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Anyone know how many times he had to shoot to stop the attack?

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 4 years 1 week ago

You can read all about this incident and many other fascinating bear tales in "Great Montana Bear Stories" available through Riverbend Publishing.
http://www.riverbendpublishing.com/

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from WisconsinBearHunter wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

if thats not a close call i dont know what is.

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from Luke.fortier@sb... wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

hope he's ok.

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from abiddle013 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Seems like this could've been avoided. I agree with you Ruckweiler, these guys should have taken more precautions when dealing with an animal like this.

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from BigBuckHunterDan wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

WOW that would really suck

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 4 years 1 week ago

You can read all about this incident and many other fascinating bear tales in "Great Montana Bear Stories" available through Riverbend Publishing.
http://www.riverbendpublishing.com/

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from BaldEagle1 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

This guy is really lucky!

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

Wow, great pics, good thing he was carrying a hand gun. He's lucky to be alive.

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from mrsroadrunner wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Wild animals, never know what they are going to do. Glad he was not hurt worse!

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from icegypsy wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

What a shame. I'm sure that warden was more concerned with having to kill the bear than the damage to his leg. Hopefully they have learned to secure the trap for future releases.

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from Carney wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

They should have turned that bear into a rug back when it killed the cow. Just sayin'.

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from spoda be wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

FYI;To locate this site,leave Hungry Horse Mt,to Spotted Bear,then west via Meadow Ck.horse camp to Bunker Ck. From the locked gate hike 6 miles to the bridge which hunters used to camp at.From there it's about 2 miles to this bridge (Mid ck.)where the photos were taken. Not the first time for Lou Kis. the previous year there was at least 8 problem griz dropped in this area.One year Lou left a note on my sleeping bag saying he had dropped a sow & cub that day.(Iwas in area w/goat tag)Per my info; there was a shotgun ready for trouble, but unable to make a safe shot. All this about the time that Bill Ronny(sp ?)was editor of Outdoor Life. Let me say that Lou Kis was a fair man & not foolish as some may think.More info available, but think I've ran out of space.

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from BowtechWVU wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

wow, thats very interesting to see those collection of picture. That man had a guardain angel over him that day GOD BLESS AND GOOD HUNTING

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from Btru5507 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

He is crazy lucky to survive that! That bear was crazy

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from timhansford wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

This is a crazy story. I have looked at the pics a few times but finally decided to read about it. On slide 16 there is a guy named Al Elser, turns out he is a relative. Pretty cool.

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from derekegler wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

I think that the photographer should have been pointing a 7mm with a scope instead of a 35mm with a telephoto, would have saved that man some pain.

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from marlinmarie wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I am wondering a couple of things - 1.Why wasnt the containment unit straped down? 2. Why would you release on what looks like a bridge? The bear comes out and sees stright ahead, he may for a moment felt cornered with no where to go? These guys should know better than that.

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from Don Mitchell wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

I'm glad the the game warden is ok, but ,as i see it, there was a lot of mistakes made that would have prevented what took place,if they had not happened.
why was his pardner still sitting in the truck????
PHOTO#10???? Dumb from start to finish

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from Hanshi wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

I had seen this years ago but it never loses it's impact. It's so sad the bear had to die but the ranger had no choice and was extremely lucky to have survived.

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from ahunter101 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Thank the Lord the bear didn't kill him. But the ranger only did what was necessary at the time.

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from dbarry wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Very old article but timely. Just on a forum where talk was that you needed a .500 ba-magnum something or other for bear country. ...and yeah, like luke said, I would have crapped my pants too.

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Wasn't a very safe operation, they planned on driving away with the Warden standing on the round top of the trap, which wasn't even tied into the bed of the truck. Luckly he had a man's best two friends Smith & Wesson and it would be a good selling point. Our .357 stopped a grizzley. I bet he will keep that pistol forever. Hope he recovers with no lasting effects.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

should have had the trap secured in the truck. Glad he is ok.

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from Michael_Schulze wrote 44 weeks 3 days ago

As the son (step-son) of Lou Kis, I can hopefully add some clarity to the discussion. Spoda be is absolutely correct on the location. I like the story of the note on his sleeping bag. That's very typical of Lou looking out for people and wildlife. This bear was given an extra chance because he was new to the gene pool. He was caught on a reservation in a much lighter trap. There was no time for anyone to shoot as it was over in seconds. The lack of securing the trap was an oversight by someone that Lou took ultimate responsibility for since he says he should have checked it. He was a dedicated F&G officer and an expert on Grizzlies. He fully recovered and is still more than happy to show you his leg.

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from struttingtom43 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

does any body else see the guy in the passenger seat laughing his ass off hahahsa. that sucks.

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from LaFire wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

in pic 13 is that a piece of flesh on the ground of something else?

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 4 years 1 week ago

You can read all about this incident and many other fascinating bear tales in "Great Montana Bear Stories" available through Riverbend Publishing.
http://www.riverbendpublishing.com/

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from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

The whole thing wuz stupid.

And I think he could have scared the beer off!

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from davidcupon12 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

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from Dave Singley wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I wonder what brilliant Montana Department of Fish & Game worker decided that securing the trap in the back of the truck with any of the following: rope/wire/bolts/MIG/bungee/boot laces/belt was unnecessary.

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from jandemason wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

wow that would have been a scary situation

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from square_peg wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Smith & Wesson? That looked like a GP100 in stainless to me.

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from Koel wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

In all my bear encounters i use a gun called "the judge" you put one round of .410 to blind him then its open fire with the .45 with the same gun. This guy is clearly an idiot. This was not the bears fault and if this guy was working for a park he would be fired.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

Can someone get rid of all this spam!!

I note a big error in the story. The Bob Marshall Wilderness is a roadless area. Always has been. It is impossible to drive a vehicle "deep into the heart" of the Bob. That site was almost certainly Tuchuk Creek right up against the B.C. border.

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from dbudde wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

As Red Foreman would say: "The reason bad things happen to you, is because You are a Dumb-Ass!" ;-)
For those who beleive this incident should spark Ranger Rick to pick up Bear hunting is no different than thinking if a minority commited a crime against you... You should join the Klan!
~This was an avoidable "accident". ALL accidents are avoidable.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Are these guys stupid? The cage has a grizzly in it and the device is not fastened to the truck bed? A shame that the grizzly had to die because these idiots don't think. My dog has more common sense than these Montana game wardens.

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from ChadWa wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I'm not visiting Field & Stream again until the survey window is limited to the home page only.

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from prairieghost wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

come on F&S. this is OLD stuff! let's try and keep the news current???

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Additional Info

In 1987 the Montana Department of Fish & Game attempted to relocate an adult male grizzly bear that had been trapped alive after allegedly killing a cow on an Indian reservation near Kalispell, Montana. The bear was tranquilized, fitted with a radio collar and some ear tags, and the trap was put into the bed of a pickup truck and driven deep into the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness, where the bear was to be released.

Photographer Richard P. Smith accompanied Department employees, including state game warden Lou Kis, on the release, in order to document the event with his camera. Such releases are fairly common, and in all previous instances the bears being relocated had run away as soon as they were let out of their traps. But this time something went wrong. Click through the slides at left to see what happened.

If you'd like to see more photos from Richard, or learn about the books he's written about deer and bear hunting, visit his web site at richardpsmith.com

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