Alaska is just an incredible place.
Equal parts stunningly beautiful and dangerously harsh, it will leave you in awe, and completely humble you at the very same time.
A sportsmen’s paradise, some of the best hunting and fishing in the world happens in Alaska, but make no mistake, it’s not easy.
Battling temperatures and terrain, not to mention other wild animals, it’s not for the faint of heart.
And these bowhunters found that out the hard way when they rafted into bear country and stumbled upon a few cubs playing along the bank.
The next question is… where is mama bear?
Well, they found her in a HURRY.
The sow comes flying out of the brush in a matter of seconds and comes within feet of the raft before the guide can blast a warning shot into the water in front of the bear.
Luckily for the hunters, the shot was enough to send her back in the other direction.
Fred Eichler of Easton Bowhunting TV detailed the encounter in the boat, revealing that the gun actually jammed following the warning shot, meaning that if that shot didn’t work to scare off the sow, it would’ve been bad news for the guide.
Man, I’m getting sweaty just watching it, but props to the guide for having the situation under control from the beginning. Many a man would’ve fired at the bear and asked questions later, but this dude was cool as a cucumber.
Once the group gathered themselves, and the oar that they dropped in the river, it was back to business.
You can hunt your entire life and never have an encounter as terrifying as that one… and most of us, would like to keep it that way.
Yellowstone Park Ranger Fires Rubber Bullet To Fend Off Charging Grizzly
This is a nightmare.
We’ve all gone on a hike or went into the woods with the fear in the back of your mind of getting charged at or attacked by a massive bear…
And if you haven’t, you’ve probably never been in the woods, or you’re lying.
Needless to say, you can never be too careful, because a bear can be standoff-ish at any moment, and if you see one, it’s best you don’t try to approach it.
Take this grizzly at Yellowstone National Park, for instance.
In the video, you can see a hobbled grizzly limp out of the woods, as a number of cars are stopped and onlooking the massive creature.
You can also see a park ranger standing back and shouting at it.
However, this was enough to set the grizzly off, and it frantically charges at the park ranger, full steam ahead as it hovers its injured front left paw off the ground.
This forces the ranger to pull his rifle, and fire a couple of close rubber bullets at the bear, scaring it off back into the woods.
According to KRTV, the bear became agitated because cars kept moving, ignoring the commands of the park ranger to come to a complete stop as he tries to get the bear safely back into the woods.
Park superintendent Cam Sholly issued a warning to tourists, telling them to always comply with rangers and the rules of the park:
“Visitors need to maintain appropriate distances to wildlife and understand these animals are wild and can kill or injure humans very easily if threatened.
The resource management bear technician in the video did an excellent job of hazing the aggressive bear away from visitors who obviously had no clue what kind of danger they were in. His actions likely saved lives.
Non-lethal bean bags and rubber bullets were used in this situation and are some of the tools we use to haze wildlife away from visitors.”
A job well done.