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Bears rear up when confronted to make themselves look bigger.  Found out early this morning that it works.  I stepped out of a storage area at 4 am to be greeted by what I thought was a huge bruin about 10 ft from me.  I saw one of the fish guides and we tracked him down to the river where the rafts are located, near the fish cleaning station.

I had grabbed an airhorn in one hand, a can of bear spray in the other.  Air horns usually work, and actually just a couple people yelling at it usually does the job too.   I could see that it was smaller than I first thought...but it still was between 200-250.  The first blast made it look up at us.  After that it ignored the airhorn and couldn't care less about us.  Another fish guide brought over the shotgun with rubber bullets and tagged it twice...and it kind of looked around like who pushed me.

The next shot was with rubber shotgun pellets.  That scooted it up the hill and we thought that was over.  But about an hour later, it was back.  Another rubber pellet blast just made it rear up and look around.  So did the next couple.  With the next one, it fell over....wounded , dead, or just exhausted we didn't know.  Talking with the troopers we eventually got a 'if it's wounded, you'll have to put it down.'  So no one wanted to do it, and it wasn't moving, but we put a couple of regular shotgun shells into it.

This photo may or may not be it.  It's one I took a couple of weeks ago in the area of a similar size, color.  But that doesn't mean much since we're kind of located in bear central.

I went back and finished making breakfast for the 8 am guests like nothing happened.  Just another Alaskan morning adventure.

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