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Driver Hits Grizzly on Busy Anchorage Street

 
 
Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 06:48 am
And I thought we had tough driving conditions in the Houston area - edgarblythe

ANCHORAGE, Alaska " One moment Howard Hawkins Jr. was driving to get an early morning cup of coffee and the next he hit a large grizzly bear running at a full gallop across one of Anchorage's busiest streets.

"It is just unreal," Hawkins said Friday, less than 12 hours after his 2002 Land Rover struck the bear. "I didn't have time to react. I wasn't even able to hit my brakes or anything. What stopped the forward motion of the car is that I ran into a big bear."

Hawkins, 57, plowed into the bear shortly before 4 a.m. in what is the latest in a summer of close encounters between human and bruin in Alaska's largest city.

The male bear came out of the woods from one of Anchorage's many greenbelts. It was struck on a four-lane highway near a large car dealership and RV campground. The collision pushed in the front end of Hawkins' Land Rover. The vehicle's air bags deployed but Hawkins was uninjured.

He called 911 and got out of his car to await police. The bear, angry and in a lot of pain with a broken leg, was behind the Land Rover stumbling around, roaring and growling.

Officers arrived within minutes and advised Hawkins to get back in his vehicle; he did.

At one point, the bear charged the officers, police spokesman Paul Honeman said.

The grizzly made its way off the road and back into the woods, where officers found it and killed it.

The bear was a 15-year-old grizzly that was part of a state Fish and Game research study to determine how many bears there are in Anchorage.

The bear was trapped in 2006 and fitted with a global positioning collar that showed it stayed mostly in one of two areas, including Far North Bicentennial Park where there have been two bear maulings and several encounters with grizzlies this summer.

One of the bears, a sow with two cubs that was believed to be responsible for much of the trouble, was shot and killed Tuesday. DNA showed that bear was not the one responsible for the most serious attack, on a 15-year-old bicyclist.

The grizzlies come into Anchorage in the summer to feed on salmon and moose, said Sean Farley, a Fish and Game research biologist who conducted the study that showed residents share the city with at least 20 grizzlies.

So far this summer, 18 black bears and one grizzly have been shot in the municipality in defense of life or property. That's a higher number than normal, said Jessy Coltrane, an assistant area wildlife biologist. Last year, that total was about 10 black bears and one grizzly, she said.

Coltrane attributes the higher number this summer to a "social reaction" among city residents. When there are maulings, people are less tolerant, she said.

 
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 06:56 am
@edgarblythe,
So much for trying to help the numbers increase.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 06:57 am
@edgarblythe,
Sad than even Anchorage has allowed itself to become urbanized and petarded to the point this sort of thing happens. Hunt the damn bears - they won't mess with anyone but hunters then.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 06:57 am
@Seed,
Bwahahahahaha! There's bearloads of 'em.
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Seed
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 07:00 am
@cjhsa,
what ever happened to the relocation programs they used to have. i mean thats way better then killing off
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 07:10 am
@Seed,
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So much for trying to help the numbers increase.

Yeah; thay shoud have tawt the bears not to jaywalk (nor jayrun).





David
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 07:22 am
@OmSigDAVID,
hell, if they can teach a bear to wear a tu tu and ride a unicycle then im sure they can teach them not to jaywalk
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 07:25 am
@Seed,
Quote:
hell, if they can teach a bear to wear a tu tu and ride a unicycle
then im sure they can teach them not to jaywalk

I m convinced !
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 07:28 am
@OmSigDAVID,
easy enough, No?
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 07:31 am
@Seed,
Not ez enuf for me to try
to train a grizzly to do ANYTHING !
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 07:33 am
@OmSigDAVID,
total agreeance there. im afraid i might look to much like a salmon
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 08:41 am
@cjhsa,
I don't like the idea of killing animals other than for food or self defense and I can't picture eating bears. Shooting bears has to be a last resort.
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 08:50 am
@gungasnake,
I agree. Never been a game hunter. Everything I have ever killed as been for food.

Given this grizzly had a broken leg, but its not a race horse for the love of god. Try and fix it before you just put it out of YOUR missery.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 12:56 pm
@gungasnake,
Wrong gunga. We are the stewards of these animals whether you like it or not. Wildlife management is done quite cheaply by hunters, or, very, very costly through the loss of innocent life and subsequent professional bear removal.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 12:58 pm
@Seed,
Seed, for a soldier, I give you great credit.

Here, you are showing your youth. You cannot fix a grizzly bear. You might, however, die trying.
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 01:00 pm
@cjhsa,
I know it would be an effort done invain, but at least make the attempt. put the creature to sleep, give him a chance, just do not sentence him to death without a trail and jury of his peers you know.

haha bears on jury duty... whats next
cjhsa
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 01:02 pm
@Seed,
Someday I may try to take a big old bear with a bow. Someday.
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 01:06 pm
@cjhsa,
You are a brave man to do that. Knew of a guy who was attacked by a bear and took him out with a knife. guy almost died, but one hell of a story
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 01:10 pm
@gungasnake,
Quote:
I don't like the idea of killing animals other than for food or self defense
and I can't picture eating bears. Shooting bears has to be a last resort.

I 've eaten alligator n crocodile, but never bear meat.
Agreed that Shooting bears has to be a last resort,
however, I have heard of bear meat being eaten if sufficiently cooked
to kill trichinosis.



David
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 01:12 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
I can see if they shot the bear because of over population, or there was sickness in the herd or what have you. But just because it was easier then trying to fix the bear, I do not agree with.
 

 
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