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September 11, 2013
Wounded Grizzly Bear Attacks Hunter in Alaska - 6

A Rhode Island man is lucky to be alive after the grizzly bear he shot ambushed him in thick brush.

John Matson was participating in a guided hunt 50 miles west McGrath, Alaska Monday night when the incident took place. According to reports, Matson shot the bear only to see it run into cover. When he tracked the bear into high brush for a follow up shot, the bear pounded, leaving the mid-40’s man with injuries to his head and body. He avoided further injuries by shooting the bear numerous more times. Members of Matson’s hunting party are credited with caring for the fallen hunter until he could be rescued. Weather conditions kept the state's Rescue Coordination Center from reaching the party until early Tuesday. Matson was transported to an Anchorage hospital where his injuries were listed as non life-threatening.

This marks only the latest incident in a season that has seen bear attack after bear attack. Read about eight bear attacks that took place in the span of a week and a half here.

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from Argosinu wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

I hope he took the guides with him -- it sounded like the rest of the party just watched. As commented above, you have to track your wounded target, but I would be extremely careful with griz. Black bears don't frighten me so much.

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 31 weeks 6 hours ago

Bird Dog, most animal rights protesters would put the animal's life over a human's life. It sounds sick but it is true.
No sportsmen would wish death for other sportsmen.
“Green Eggs and Ham“, is a typical Bambi Lover.

If your tracking a wounded brown bear that can kill a man, you better have back up and they all better be "loaded for bear".

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from huntfishtrap wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

Sounds like the ultimate no-win situation. Ethically, you have to go after the animal, but you know the chances it's going to attack are very high, if it's not physically disabled by the first shot. Seems like about the only thing he could've done differently would have been to have some backup.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

I hope you aren't serious, Greenham.

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from Simon Greenham wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

That's great news , pity the bear didn't kill him.

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from dneaster3 wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

There is a big difference in a "bear attack" and a hunter being injured by his quarry on a dangerous game hunt.

Anyone going after a brown bear in Alaska should--just as he/she would in hunting Cape Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, etc--be aware of the risk of bodily harm or death.

A bear attack is when a human and a bear are in the same place at the wrong time. A hunter who shoots, wounds, and is then wounded by an apex predator is--while gruesome--just part of the sport.

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from dneaster3 wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

There is a big difference in a "bear attack" and a hunter being injured by his quarry on a dangerous game hunt.

Anyone going after a brown bear in Alaska should--just as he/she would in hunting Cape Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, etc--be aware of the risk of bodily harm or death.

A bear attack is when a human and a bear are in the same place at the wrong time. A hunter who shoots, wounds, and is then wounded by an apex predator is--while gruesome--just part of the sport.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

I hope you aren't serious, Greenham.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

Sounds like the ultimate no-win situation. Ethically, you have to go after the animal, but you know the chances it's going to attack are very high, if it's not physically disabled by the first shot. Seems like about the only thing he could've done differently would have been to have some backup.

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 31 weeks 6 hours ago

Bird Dog, most animal rights protesters would put the animal's life over a human's life. It sounds sick but it is true.
No sportsmen would wish death for other sportsmen.
“Green Eggs and Ham“, is a typical Bambi Lover.

If your tracking a wounded brown bear that can kill a man, you better have back up and they all better be "loaded for bear".

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from Argosinu wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

I hope he took the guides with him -- it sounded like the rest of the party just watched. As commented above, you have to track your wounded target, but I would be extremely careful with griz. Black bears don't frighten me so much.

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from Simon Greenham wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

That's great news , pity the bear didn't kill him.

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