Saturday, June 24, 2006

News: Alaskan shoots grizzly while answering nature's call

Chris Yeager has a grizzly story you'll have to read to believe.

It's definitely one of those "only in Alaska" stories, but 43-year-old Chris Yeager swears it's gospel, and he's got the grizzly hide with six holes in it to prove his tale.

Grizzly bear
Chris Yeager has a grizzly story you'll have to read to believe.

It was May 30 and Yeager was planning to check a black bear bait station he had set up in the mountains about 140 miles north of Fairbanks.

Yeager told the Fairbanks News-Miner outdoor writer Tim Mowry he stopped at the Hilltop Café for "one of those big breakfast omelets that are about 18 inches wide and 4 inches deep."

Later, down the road apiece and feeling the need to answer nature's call, Yeager pulled over, grabbed a roll of toilet paper, his .460-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and headed into the woods.

He was searching for "the right spot" to do his business when he heard a sound from behind him and turned around. There was a big inland grizzly bearing down on him, literally and figuratively.

"He was really close," Yeager told the News-Miner reporter. "I was smelling his breath."

At that point, there was little Yeager could do but react. He pulled the pistol and fired three point-blank shots at the bear, hitting it all three times. A later inspection of the hide revealed all three shots had completely penetrated the grizzly.

Fortunately, the hunter had purchased a grizzly license just two days before his encounter. As a result, he can keep his 6-foot, 3-inch trophy hide, the 21-inch skull and the 100-pounds of Italian sausage he had made from the meat.

"It's not really the way I envisioned getting my first grizzly," Yeager said.

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