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725-lb Brown Bear Shot By Man In Alaska In Self-Defense

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DOUGLAS ISLAND, AK — For the first time in better than 40 years, Douglas Island saw a brown bear shot on its land, according to Juneau Empire.

More than that, Alaska Wildlife Troopers believe the shooting of that bear to be justified.

But then again, almost anything a bear weighing 725 pounds does will make a wary citizen worry for his or her life.

As Juneau Empire reports:

After investigating the kill site, Alaska Wildlife Troopers found the man justified in the killing under defense of life or property law, which allows those in danger from wildlife to defend themselves with possibly lethal force, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters told the Empire Wednesday.

Scott said it was the first documented — meaning legal — killing of a brown bear reported to ADF&G on Douglas since 1974, when a brown bear was killed near Fish Creek. It is illegal not to report the killing of a brown bear to ADF&G.

“It’s a rare event to have them on Douglas or really in Juneau,” Scott said. “Over the years we’ve had reports of bear swimming adjacent to the island, even that’s very, very rare.”

What a nightmare.

I’ll be the first one to day — I am not 100% confident my EDC is mammoth rampaging bear-capable, you guys.

Fortunately, people like you and me likely don’t have to deal with situations quite like this, but hey. Good on this guy for being prepared.

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Falkenberg is a veteran writer and active voice in the gun community. He is passionate about not only ensuring that American citizens know their rights, but why they have those…

Falkenberg is a veteran writer and active voice in the gun community. He is passionate about not only ensuring that American citizens know their rights, but why they have those rights and what a gift it is to be in a country that acknowledges their God-given freedoms. His standard concealed carry rig is a Tristar T-100 in 9mm settled comfortably in a Quick Click and Carry Holster made by JM4 Tactical.

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