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In Colorado — Bear Stalks You! Hiker Shoots And Kills Bear After It Continues To Advance

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WINTER PARK, COLORADO — Park authorities are ruling it a self-defense shooting against a bear following the bear’s aggressive advances towards a group of hikers out in the Winter Park area.

Earlier in the day, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Rangers and officers did their best to inform hikers and campers of possible bear sightings in the region.  According to CBS Denver, one group of hikers ended up encountering a bear in the Winter Park area.  The gun owner attempted to avoid interaction with the bear at all costs.

“They made an effort to haze the bear and it did not leave,” Mike Porras with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement. “This area has already had some bear activity. Wildlife officers had been already in that area that day advising campers.”

So, unfortunately for the bear but thankfully for the hikers — the gun owner first discharged two warning shots and when the bear continued to advance unphased, he shot the bear.

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The bear died shortly thereafter with no further complications.  The man immediately reported the shooting to Parks and Wildlife and they confirmed he had done the right thing.

We all go out into the wilderness to appreciate the beauty of nature.  There is a brutal side to it.  And despite our best attempts to photograph the sunset or the sunrise or the trees, we always have to be prepared to defend ourselves from more than just two-legged predators.

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GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun…

GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 26 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his Sig Sauer SP2022 in a Dara Holsters Appendix IWB holster.

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  • Roger Rabbit

    Ok I’m waiting,………….when the hell are the loony liberals on the left going to start their “protest” over the shooting of…..what Smokey the Bear? They have gone APE_SH&T crazy over the damn lion shooting and the dentist will most likely have to commit suicide or something. I can’t wait for the hiker here to self-immolate himself over this…………

  • t_reese

    Article said the guy fired 2 warning shots. That’s 2 warning shots more than I would have given the bear.

  • Massolo

    Yeah! Finally a hiker enters bear country with a gun!

  • BlueSCCY

    I’m wondering what kind of firearm the guy had…

    • Jim Screws

      That is what I was thinking. I’m guessing he had a 44 mag or something close.