12-year-old Girl Shoots Mountain Lion Stalking Her on Elk Hunt

December 12, 2014

Mountain lions are ambush predators by nature.

When Joshua Caldwell heard the gun shot, his first thought was that his daughter had bagged the bull elk they had seen earlier. As it turned out, 12-year-old Alyssa Caldwell had actually shot a mountain lion instead, at a mere five yards away, from where it could have pounced on the young hunter. “I already had a feeling that something was watching me or something, but I didn’t see the cat until it was close,” Alyssa told CBS 7. Alyssa and her father were building a makeshift blind in the New...

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Video: Kodiak Bear Charges Bowhunter after Arrow Hits

November 26, 2014


For a bear hunter, having the opportunity to hunt on Alaska's Kodiak Island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Rugged and untamed, the island boasts one of the largest land predators in the world and hunters come well-prepared to make sure the hunt isn't an end-of-a-lifetime experience as well. Armed with a bow and hunting at uncomfortably close ranges, hunters are often accompanied by their guides with a defensive weapon at the ready. This video uploaded to YouTube by Luke Randall demonstrates that hunting a Kodiak bear...

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How Closely Are Grizzlies Following Hunters? Study Aims to Find Out

November 21, 2014

Ever wonder whether a bear was following your trail? It may not just be paranoia after all.

When hunting for elk or deer, the last thing most hunters want is an encounter with a hungry bear. Yet the large predators have an uncanny ability to track down animal carcasses, and a study by researchers with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team may have revealed a vital clue as to how the bears do it. Despite being large (especially in hyperphagia, the stage where bears gorge on as much food as they can before hibernation), bears are actually quite stealthy---stealthy enough that they can trail hunters from about 100 yards. According to Mike Ebinger, the biologist leading a new study on...

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Alaska Deer Hunters Fend Off Attack by 5 Brown Bears

November 11, 2014

A group of Alaska deer hunters is lucky to be alive after a dangerous encounter with five bears.

What do you call a group of bears? The most familiar term may a "pack," but more interesting terms include a "sleuth," a "sloth," and perhaps most ominously, a "maul." For hunters carrying deer meat, however, "trouble" may suffice. According to a report by the US Coast Guard, a party of deer hunters near Kodiak, Alaska was ambushed and attacked by at least five brown bears. The bears, believed to be a mixture of adults and cubs, severely injured one of the hunters but were eventually driven off or killed by the other hunters in the...

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Colorado Bear Tries to Sneak into Hunters’ Tent

October 13, 2014

A bear barged into two hunters' tent in an area already known for its bear troubles.

Two hunters camped just miles outside of Aspen, Colorado had a close nighttime encounter last week when a bear attempted to enter their tent, only to be pushed away. According to KUSA, the hunters were visited by a bear three times on Thursday night near a region known for its escalating bear conflicts. During the last encounter, the bear ripped open one side of the tent and had to be fought off by the hunters. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. To officials with the Colorado...

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Minnesota Hunter Stabs, Kills Wounded Black Bear after Brutal Mauling

October 6, 2014

One Minnesota hunter is lucky to be alive after a brutal fight with a wounded black bear.

One Minnesota bowhunter is counting his blessings after a bear attack almost claimed his life. According to KARE 11, Brandon Johnson was hunting with several longtime friends near Duxbury on Friday, September 26 when everything went horribly wrong. The group had arrowed a large black bear that evening in a heavily forested area in Pine County and waited four hours to retrieve it. Worried that the meat would spoil overnight, Johnson and two other hunters decided to track the...

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Fatal Bear Attack in New Jersey Spurs Debate Between Hunters, Animal Rights Activists

September 25, 2014

Since 2001, New Jersey has spent more than $9 million on black bear management.

The tragic death of a 22-year-old hiker near West Milford, New Jersey on Sunday represents the state's first fatal bear attack in 150 years. The incident incited a heated debate between animal rights advocates and hunters on how the state is currently managing the bear population, and the conversation is not limited to New Jersey alone. Rising bear populations across the East Coast have many wildlife officials concerned, and in states like Maine where regulations surrounding bear hunting are on the November ballot, the fatal mauling has given the issue a sense of urgency. According to Read more »

Grizzly Encounter Almost Turns Deadly for Wyoming Hunter

September 23, 2014

Wyoming officials are urging hunters to be cautious following two recent bear attacks in the state.

Thanks to the quick thinking of one Wyoming elk hunter, what could have been a lethal encounter with a grizzly sow instead became merely a painful nip. KBZK reported that two bowhunters encountered a female grizzly with cubs north of Dubois on Sunday, which resulted in an attack. One of the hunters was walking near Horse Creek Drainage when the grizzly approached the men. Officials say that it was likely that neither the hunters nor the bear noticed each other until they got too close, at which point the...

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Alberta Hunter Killed by Grizzly as Bear Encounters Increase

September 15, 2014

Alberta recorded its second bear-related fatality this year after a hunter was killed in Kananaskis Country.

A missing hunter that was found last week in Kananaskis County, Alberta appears to be the latest victim of an uptick in bear encounters across the province. According to the CBC, the remains of veteran hunter Rick Cross were found near Picklejar Creek Trail alongside his backpack and rifle. Cross was reported missing on September 6, just one day before search teams recovered his body. Officials from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed that the cause of...

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Washington Bowhunter Survives Black Bear Tree Attack

September 11, 2014

Black bears may not be as large as their brown cousins, but they are still powerful animals.

When veteran hunter Jerry Hause, 60, went out bowhunting on Washington's September 1 season opener, he expected a quiet day in the woods with his son and perhaps a chance at some elk. What he did not expect was getting into a scuffle with a black bear while hanging off a tree branch. “I was thinking, ‘If it gets me out of this tree I’m a dead man,'" Hause told The Daily News. The encounter occurred while Hause was driving elk toward...

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