"A group of photographers may have been spared a mauling after they kept
their nerve and stayed still in the face of a charging Alaskan grizzly
Though I'd add these comments to the description since people are saying about shooting it, etc:
But I just found out one of the photographers uploaded this to youtube over a year ago.
He says this was in Katmai Preserve where no guns or spray are (were) allowed
(he logically carries those items where he can, lol). The pilot told the
group they wouldn't meet any bears up close. Wrong!
The guide told them the bear was bluff charging to scare them away from
his fishing hole and that they're not interested in eating humans as
there are so many salmon. It actually
circled around them a few times getting closer each time and they were
all in shock and knew they couldn't do anything if it attacked. He says
he still has nightmares about it.
And what does the guide carry as protection? A whistle. Fuck that. You mountain men are frickin crazy.
Now, for the people that keep saying they must've had a gun, here are some of the comments the guy made on his YT channel:
"At the time we were in shock that a griz would approach this close to our group. Most everyone else had turned away and frozen in position. I really shouldn't have hung on this long to video the beast. When he was directly behind, it was definitely time to turn away and play dead...... like I should have. This was the only video anyone recorded. Hope you understand now !!"
"I sure wanted to bring one! Normally when we hike in Montana, I have a 45 Mag on my hip and a magnum load of bear spray on a chest pouch. This trip was a float plane into Katmai Reserve. No weapons or bear spray allowed. Believe me, we asked about protection and the pilot said we wouldn't encounter a grizzly up close! Man what a surprise. This bear could have done anything he wanted with us, I consider myself lucky......... this time."
"Nope...... no gun, no bear spray! We were just mortified and I had a Camcorder pointing in his direction. Katmai area doesn't allow guns. This grizzly is still in my dreams at nite."
"Yeah, we wanted guns and bear spray, but this was a Preserve. Not allowed. These bears want to eat fish, not humans. We were surrounded by 40 or more grizzlies over 4 hours of viewing, 2 different spots. Yep, our group included 16 and we looked too large for a grizzly to attack. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A RECORDED BEAR ATTACK ON A GROUP OF 3 OR MORE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY STAY TOGETHER !! See alaska bear viewing website. Those are the facts.."
"You won't believe this one! I asked the guide on the plane, what was his weapon of choice. NOPE! No gun, no bear spray, no nothing on this preserve! But he does carry a whistle or will bank a stick on the rocks to distract the bear if fixated on a person. WOW. I've carries a Ruger 44 mag, buffalo bore ammo in Montana, for protection. Love what the pilot told us in pre flight safety class...... we won't get those 10' photos, use a telephoto lens instead! AAAAHHHHH!"
I don't care what you fools say. The guy has no reason to lie about this stuff.
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