Grizzly Kills Hiker in Yellowstone

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    No. That's why Smith & Wesson sells the .44 Magnum revolver.
     
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    That too!
    But bear spray is recommended over the .44 due to the speed of a grizzly charge. Not everyone is a sharpshooter under pressure.
     
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    i am just gonna put my money on the grizzly....

    i dont think much will stop them in a full charge...hell a dead one landing on you . will kill you
     
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    No sharpshooting necessary when a grizly is bearing down on you. Hit the target, which is probably just about blocking your entire line of sight. Any torso shot should be a significant deterent to the animal if you're using proper ammunition. If nothing else it should slow the bear down enough to give you a chance to get off a better aimed killing shot. I have friends who travel to Alaska regularly and this is their prefered bear defense tool.
     
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    About five years ago, I visited Yellowstone. Park Rangers there gave a brief safety lecture on dealing with the bears who were coming down to their spring roaming grounds.

    "It's advisable to carry a few small bells while hiking in some areas." began the lecture "The sound of the bells will discourage some bears from approaching you. Carry a can of pepper spray and use it to deter bears. Also, take a look at any bear scat you may encounter. Black bear scat will contain small berries. Brown bear scat may contain fur from rabbits or squirrels. And Grizzly bear scat will contain small pieces of bell and smell of pepper spray."
     
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    gee when i lived in alaska....we were told the best defense was to totally avoid bear encounters...i am amazed that has changed
     
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    This is relatively common in Yellowstone....July, when it seems everyone from Chicago to San Diego decides to visit....last year while I was camping up there, a Canadian was dragged out of their tent and killed by a mother grizzly after I sprayed her with bear spray.

    A week or so before my encounter a Botonist stumbled upon a bear that had been tranquilized for tagging and left alone to recover. Apparently, being tagged makes a bear extremely irritable, and hungrey (SURPRISE!).
     
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    We need to somenow regulate the overpopulation of hikers.
     
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