GUN Teen encounters black bear in kitchen

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Teen encounters black bear in kitchen

    Mon Oct 15, 4:45 PM ET

    KENAI, Alaska - A man awakened by a bump in the night went to investigate and found an intruder, but it wasn't a burglar. Instead, Blaine Harling found himself face to snout with a black bear that had come in through an open window.

    Harling, 19, has been staying at the cabin belonging to his grandparents, Vic and Jill Harling. Vic Harling said his grandson was sleeping in the basement Oct. 7 when a noise upstairs woke him.

    "He thought it was the blinds flopping in the window from a two feet wide, by five feet high, crank-out window that he had left open for ventilation," he said.

    The screened window was open just 18 inches, but that was enough for the adult black bear to slip through.

    "He walked into the kitchen and it was just standing there, about three feet away, in front of the refrigerator," Harling said. "So he grabbed the first thing he could which was a shampoo bottle, or a lotion bottle, something like that, and he whipped it at the bear and then he took-off back down to basement."

    Harling pushed a dresser in front of the door and called Alaska State Troopers, who contacted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

    The teenager also called his grandparents. After he persuaded them he wasn't joking, they told him how to unlock their gun cabinet and he armed himself with a .44-caliber and a .45-caliber handgun, said Jill Harling.

    Wildlife technician Larry Lewis reached the Harling's cabin at about 2 a.m. The emergency officials blasted a siren to frighten the bear.

    "We spotlighted the house and saw a big black bear out back in the alders, but we couldn't say for certain that it was the same bear," Lewis said.

    Lewis and state troopers searched the two-story home to make sure it contained no bears.

    "We went room to room, but there were no other signs, so the bear we saw out back must have been the same one that was seen inside," Lewis said. "We think it went out the same window it came in, which was pretty lucky for the homeowner. Had it been a brown bear, they usually exit by making their own hole." :rofl:

    Jill Harling said her grandson created more of a mess by splattering the lotion bottle off the bear's head than the bear did. She and her husband, awakened shortly after 1 a.m. by their grandson, reached the cabin by about 6 a.m.

    "It moved a few things around, ate a few muffins that were left out, pulled the garbage out and spread it around, and left nose and paw prints on mirrors and the TV., but there was no real damage," said Vic Harling. "It was amazing really. It didn't even knock over lamps near where it came in."

    What the family believes was the same bear appeared on their deck that night. This time, all entrance point to the house were secured.

    They're keeping their firearms closer in case the bear returns.

    "I wouldn't mind having some bear meat in the freezer," Jill Harling said.
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    Lessons learned dont leave your window open in bear country when you have fresh muffins out :mamoru:
    Hand lotion is not a good defensive weapon
    In Alaska it can take more then an hour for emergency services to respond so be prepared for all situations.
     
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    I have to say, out of all the things I could run into when I go hunting, I'm glad it isn't bear country. I usually have a .308/7.62x54R rifle handy when hunting, but still. At least with my M44, I could kill it, skewer it and cook it all in one go.
     
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    since when has yogi bear moved to alaska?
     
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    Ranger Smith says to keep a close eye on your picnic baskets!
     
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    I'd have a hard time not emptying a magazine from the AK into a bear I found in my kitchen. :hsugh:
     
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    bear would be dead if it was my house.
     
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    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    All these bear stories lately. My friend has seen at least one black bear the last three times he's been out bow hunting, once it was actually three bears. He keeps his 1911 on him, which I guess would be sufficient to stop a black bear.
     
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    Down in Fl? Yeah .45 should do the job for a black bear, and I think the ones down south are typically on the small side anyway.
     
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    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    I want to go out there with him with a camera to see if I can get some on tape but he keeps going when I'm in class. Two of the three times there was a cub present, which was cause for a little more alarm, but he's been safe thus far.
     

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