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Have gun available, so as not to have to look for it.

Unloaded guns are not much use.

Do not expect one shot magically to do the trick, even if it is a headshot with a shotgun.

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Rabid Bear Attacks Rural Md. Home

By Joe Holley Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, September 5,
2007; 5:10 PM

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated
Saturday as World Rabies Day, but for the Stanton family of rural
western Maryland, commemorative events are wholly unnecessary. The
Stantons' Aug. 29 encounter with a rabid bear -- the first to test
positive for rabies in Maryland -- left them feeling lucky they
weren't outside that Saturday evening of the bear rampage. They're
still amazed at what the disease-addled creature tried to do.

Charlotte Stanton's 15-year-old nephew, James Winebrenner III, first
noticed the animal, at about 7 in the evening. The bear had emerged
from the thick woods surrounding the Stanton property near
Grantsville, in Garrett County, and was scaling an eight-foot-high
chain link fence to get at two pygmy goats that are family pets.

"We had the screen door opened," recalled Charlotte Stanton, a
39-year-old homemaker. "We all started yelling to scare the bear."

The bear immediately left the goats and bounded toward the house,
covering the 35-yard distance in an instant. Mike Stanton, 49,
Charlotte's husband, met the bear at the screen door just as the
animal tried to crash through. When the couple saw the bear wasn't
giving up, Charlotte took over holding the door against the
creature's frenzied lunges, while Mike, a construction worker, ran to
the family gun room for his shotgun.

The bear then switched tactics, striding about 10 feet to the front
window of the house where she tried to rip out the air conditioner,
five feet off the ground. Charlotte left the door, grabbed hold of
the unit from the inside and began a desperate tug of war with the
134-pound sow.

"We were fighting back and forth for the air conditioner," Charlotte
recalled. "I knew if I let go, he'd be coming in."

The bear was making a kind of moaning sound as it grappled for the
air conditioner. Charlotte was yelling at her husband: "Mike, you've
got to come quick, because I can't hold the air conditioner any
longer!"

Mike hurried into the living room with his gun, unloaded. Sending the
nephew back into the gun room for a shell, he grabbed hold of the air
conditioner alongside his wife and tried to keep the bulky unit from
being ripped out of the window. Once he got his gun loaded, he
managed to squeeze it through a crack between the window sill and the
air conditioner. When the bear grabbed the barrel, Stanton fired
blindly. The No. 4 shotgun pellets struck the animal in the head and
neck but didn't kill it.

The wounded bear collapsed in the yard, while Mike went into the
basement and peered out, concerned that the animal would manage to
wander back into the woods. His wife called 911, and an officer with
the Maryland Department of Natural Resources showed up about a half
hour later and killed the bear.

"There have been rabid bears over the years, but it's a very uncommon
thing to hear of," said Harry Spiker, a black bear biologist for DNR.
In recent years, he said, rabid bears have been confirmed in
Pennsylvania and in Manitoba, Canada, but never in Maryland. "It's
really atypical," he said.

Spiker said the bear would have had to come in contact with a species
that commonly carry rabies, either a raccoon, a bat or a skunk. He
said it was unlikely other rabid bears were in the area. "Once it
gets past the incubation period, they only survive a couple of days,"
he said.

Maryland supports a "healthy population of black bears," Spiker said.
A 2005 census found close to 400 adult and sub-adult bears, making
for a total population between 500 and 600. They range from the
Cumberland area as far east as Frederick.

It's unlawful for someone to shoot a bear unless the person is
defending himself, family members or domestic animals. The Stantons
were within their rights, said Olivia Campbell, a DNR spokeswoman.

"I felt really bad for the bear even though he did what he did,
because I hate to see anything suffer," Charlotte said.

She and her husband, along with the nephew and a 10-year-old niece
who live with them, are receiving post-exposure rabies vaccinations,
because Mike came in contact with the animal's blood.
 

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I am actually surprised that #4 was enough to slow it down significantly.
 

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From inches away a load of number fours will leave a nice hole in any critter. Distance is your problem in this case.

The real question is this. If they live in bear country why didn't he have a log handy?
 

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or even better a Marine








With a log
 

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From inches away a load of number fours will leave a nice hole in any critter. Distance is your problem in this case.

The real question is this. If they live in bear country why didn't he have a log handy?
He probably wasn't a Marine.
 

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USMC - Retired said:
From inches away a load of number fours will leave a nice hole in any critter. Distance is your problem in this case.
Once he got his gun loaded, he managed to squeeze it through a crack between the window sill and the air conditioner. When the bear grabbed the barrel, Stanton fired blindly. The No. 4 shotgun pellets struck the animal in the head and neck but didn't kill it.
 

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I live butted against natl forest. The same forest the marine with a log was camping in. Bears are seen around here quite a bit.

I won't be using my shotgun against a bear.... I've got a .450 Marlin that can handle bizness. I bought it specifically for any unforseen bear problem. Yes, it's ready to rock and roll.

I don't keep trash around to attract bears, so all is well around here, until a rabid bear comes around. :wink:
 

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zookeper said:
I am actually surprised that #4 was enough to slow it down significantly
it was a pretty small bear, about the same size as my wife but most likely not as shapely.

if he'd beenpacking firewood, as anyone in bear country should, he'd probably have been able to stop it before it trashed the ac.
Except you have to have the rest of the package too

Log + Marine + Bear= Dead Bear

Log + Bear = Dead Camper (mmmm crunchy)

So to protect against Bears see your local Marine recruiter
 
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