Alaska Police Shoot Bear and Injure Bystander


Seward police say that a bystander was injured when they fatally shot a bear roaming through the town.

Police say that a shotgun round pierced the black bear Thursday night, but ricocheted and hit a bystander in the abdomen.

“I think it went through his ear and maybe out one side of his head. And then, like I say, it ricocheted off something and then hit the bystander,” City Manager Phillip Oates said.

Oates added the person was merely bruise

The bystander was about 125 feet from the bear at the time. Lucky.

Backpacker shoots, kills grizzly in Denali National Park


A man and woman reported that they were hiking Friday evening when the bear emerged from trailside brush and charged the woman, park spokeswoman Kris Fister said in a statement.

The man fired nine rounds from his .45 caliber, semiautomatic pistol at the animal, which then stopped and walked into the brush.

The bear was found dead about 100 feet from the location of the shooting. Park officials are looking into the justification for the shooting.

Best comment on the story:

If you want to see animals but can’t resist the impulse to shoot, go look at them at the zoo.


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Self-defense may be factor in fatal shooting near Willow

Alaska State Troopers are examining the possibility that a man who was killed near Caswell Lake north of Willow on Thursday was shot in self-defense.

Troopers have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the death of Bradley D. Mork, 43. Mork, of Talkeetna, died after being shot in a home driveway, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Friday.

Seems to be little in the way of public info at this stage, but its worth pointing out that Alaska doesn’t require a concealed carry permit to carry concealed weapons. An Alaska permit is available, however, for those individuals wishing to carry in states which carry Alaska’s permits.

Via the Civilian Gun Self Defense Blog.