Tuesday, August 19, 2008
And You Think You Have A Rough Neighborhood...
It appears that Georgians aren't the only ones feeling the bite of an angry Bear; there have been three Bear maulings within the city of Anchorage this summer. From this and other recent reports, the people who were mauled suffered bites to the head and neck, with crushed trachea and puntured lungs. The same seems to go for Cougar attacks I have read about, suggesting the animals are clearly attempting to kill.
Now, this is frightening stuff, but what better target than a female jogger alone on a trail? This kind of stuff will continue to happen as people move closer to the deep woods, and people should assess their risks and procede with caution. It's not the Bears fault.
**But how would you handle such an attack? Here is how one young guy reacted:
"Some people say humans are to blame for the confrontations and insist that no bears should be killed because of the attacks.
On the other side is a growing chorus of people like Devon Rees, who want something done about the big bruins.
"It is pretty much unsafe to walk around at night," he said.
On one recent evening, Rees heard splashing in the creek near his Eagle River home and assumed it was salmon. Seconds later, however, a bear rushed at him from the woods and knocked him to the ground.
"I wasn't going to lay down and take it. The bear came and tried to fight me," said Rees, 18, who works in a meat store. "I started punching it in the head, kicking it and elbowing it ... I was boxing him using one arm to defend, one arm to strike."
(D.R.)-Now with this in mind, I would suggest an agile, mobile striking system would be preferable than trying to get the Bear to submit in an armbar or choke...
--LINK to the rest of the article
--Previous Bear attack from 2007