I received this video via an e-mail this morning. It shows an encounter between a homeowner and a grizzly bear in Canada last October. At the time, the Mirror reported:
An inquisitive grizzly bear was wandering close to a home in Bella Coola, Canada, with its three cubs, when homeowner Lawrence Michalchuk tried to scare him back in the woods.
Mr Michalchuk decided to shoot a warning shot into the air to get the animal off his property and it appeared to work, as all four animals started retreating.
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Mr Michalchuk told CTV Vancouver that he ran out into the garden to “keep her moving”.
He said: “As soon as I did that she just put her ears down and head back and came [at me] full blast.”
Mr Michalchuk shot at the bear with a pellet in the leg, causing her to trip up, and giving him enough time to get away.
“Thank God it worked because it tripped her,” he said.
“All I wanted to do is trip her. I dived in the door as quick as I could and I slammed the door and then she turned back towards her cubs.”
There’s more at the link.
Here’s the video.
That was a pretty close call. Full marks to the homeowner for waiting until he couldn’t miss, and knew the birdshot in his shotgun would hold together in a solid mass, providing maximum impact effect on the bear’s leg. Inexperienced shooters would have fired at too great a range, meaning that the shot would have spread and had minimal impact effect. Even so, I wouldn’t have gone out there by choice with a shotgun holding only one or two rounds – and it would have had Brenneke rifled slugs in it to confront a bear, not a lesser round like birdshot!