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JBER runner after bear attack: 'This is how I'm going to die'
Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 29, 2014 | CRAIG MEDRED

Posted on 05/29/2014 7:56:07 PM PDT by skeptoid

A young California mother attacked by a grizzly bear while running along a remote road through the woods at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson says she was at one point sure she was going to die.

In a video interview with military officials 12 days after the attack, Jessica Gamboa, wife of a soldier on the base and mother of a 4-year-old son, said she thought her life was over after the bear knocked her to the ground, picked her up by her backside, carried her across the road, dropped her to the ground, and worked her over twice more before finally leaving her broken and bleeding.

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TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: alaska; bear; bearattack; bearattacks; bearsattack; brownbearattack; brownbearattacks; grizzly
The latest Alaska brown bear attack
1 posted on 05/29/2014 7:56:07 PM PDT by skeptoid
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To: skeptoid

Where the heck did that “bears are gentle and friendly” troll of a couple of weeks ago go, anyway? BTT


2 posted on 05/29/2014 7:57:15 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: skeptoid

Sad she had to learn about bears the hard way.


3 posted on 05/29/2014 8:14:38 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: skeptoid

probably a mother bear with cubs nearby.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 8:59:40 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid will not allow debate on any good bills passed by House. GOP needs 51 senators in 2014!)
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To: skeptoid

UM, what the heck happened to this woman’s husband, who was running with her?

I would really think if you are running in a wilderness area, or heck anywhere, that you all should stick together.


5 posted on 05/29/2014 9:03:05 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Billthedrill

I remember something about a guy who went to live with the bears and was eaten


6 posted on 05/29/2014 9:08:46 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: jocon307

Didn’t you get the leftie memo - I am an leftie woman I don’t need a man to protect me! I am woman hear me roar - or scream for my life as the case may be!


7 posted on 05/29/2014 9:13:41 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: jocon307

Yeah, I noted that when she was bleeding and walking on the road, she said she was thinking of her four year old and that he was the only thing she wanted to live for. I am assuming that she realized that her mate had left her behind and didn’t look back to check on her every once in a while.


8 posted on 05/29/2014 9:19:04 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com - Eclipse, the sequel to Bright Horizons is out! Get it now!)
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To: GeronL

Timothy Snackwell, er, I mean Treadwell.


9 posted on 05/29/2014 9:19:41 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com - Eclipse, the sequel to Bright Horizons is out! Get it now!)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

The answer is to jog with slowpokes....


10 posted on 05/29/2014 9:22:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

But some bears like a challenge.


11 posted on 05/29/2014 9:24:19 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: GeronL

“The answer is to jog with slowpokes....”

Apparently that was her husband’s strategy.


12 posted on 05/29/2014 9:24:44 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: GeronL

“I don’t have to outrun the bear,” he said, snugging his shoelace tight and standing up.
“I just have to outrun you.”


13 posted on 05/29/2014 9:36:22 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: skeptoid

Lucky. Bad attack. Good she played dead.


14 posted on 05/29/2014 9:44:36 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

That is the best way to survive a grizzly/brown bear attack is play dead. But with black bears you are supposed to run at them with your arms raised, screaming to appear larger than you are.


15 posted on 05/29/2014 11:13:03 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: tumblindice

Bump


16 posted on 05/29/2014 11:17:42 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: jocon307

Where did you read about running with the husband? I must have missed that part!


17 posted on 05/29/2014 11:30:25 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: GeronL
The answer is to jog with slowpokes....

I knew quite a few USAF people who were at Elmendorf. All the ones I ever knew, said they never went hiking alone, and everyone one of them carried no less than a .44 magnum, just because of the bears.

18 posted on 05/29/2014 11:56:54 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17

Not Bear fans I guess, did they like the Browns any better?


19 posted on 05/30/2014 12:27:06 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL
Not Bear fans I guess, did they like the Browns any better?

What a coincidence. One of the guys who said they packed .44s or rifles, told me, that just for the heck of it, he tried out for the Cleveland Browns one day. He said he lasted 3 hours. He said the hitting was unlike anything he ever experienced in college. I like to watch football, but I think anyone who plays the game, must have a screw loose.

20 posted on 05/30/2014 1:16:55 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17

Air Force people are apparently tastier than Army people.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 1:51:32 AM PDT by 22202NOVA (This Space For Rent. Offers accepted.)
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To: skeptoid
worked her over twice more

What does that mean? Was the bear a mob enforcer?

22 posted on 05/30/2014 2:31:57 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: GeronL
I remember something about a guy who went to live with the bears and was eaten

Then there was that moronic woman who jumped into the polar bear cage in a zoo because bears are so cute and cuddly.

23 posted on 05/30/2014 2:43:30 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: vpintheak

It’s easy to miss, just one brief mention.

“She yelled for husband Jacob, with whom she’d started the day’s run. A faster runner, Jacob had gone ahead. When yelling didn’t bring him back, Jessica said, she thought, “Now what?”

There’s no other mention of him. Nothing about him finding out she got hurt, nothing. Very odd.


24 posted on 05/30/2014 3:46:10 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: skeptoid

Don’t go into isolated brown bear country without a magnum. Period

Was this an area where bears are extremely rare?


25 posted on 05/30/2014 5:17:33 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Mark17

Are you sure? I believe it is DoD policy that you cannot be privately armed on a military installation. While I could keep my firearms with me at my on-base housing unit, I wasn’t allowed to carry them around on base. When I was younger and lived in the barracks, I had to store my personal firearms in the SP Armory.

AFAIK, this ban is in effect in the Army, even after two separate shootings on Fort Hood...

Maybe in Alaska there is a different policy. Still, I was stationed in Wash DC for 7 years. Really more dangerous there than bears in Alaska!


26 posted on 05/30/2014 5:26:32 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!
Are you sure?

No, I am not sure. I was never stationed at Elmendorf. I just listened to people who had been there.

27 posted on 05/30/2014 6:17:35 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: jocon307

You’re right. He will never live it down as long as they are together!


28 posted on 05/30/2014 7:52:41 AM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: Mark17

Sorry, Mark, I didn’t mean that to sound argumentative...

I just know how the military treats private gun ownership is all.


29 posted on 05/30/2014 9:14:33 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!
No problem brother. I did not even think where they stored their weapons when they were not out hiking. I was more concerned with how they stayed alive, while they were out in the wilderness. I am sure there is some regulations about gun ownership on military bases, I just don't know exactly what they are. (The soldiers at Ft Hood should be allowed to carry) Another question I did not ask him, was if he lived in government housing, or on the economy. Anyway, I have watched a bunch of shows on Alaska, and I thought I would not want to be without a high powered weapon anywhere out in the boonies. I thought the bears would not try to get in people's houses. I think they will. I think most of those people up there sleep with their weapons, for that reason.

Best to you and yours, bro.

30 posted on 05/30/2014 4:53:48 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Alas Babylon!
BTW, great page you have there. I see the new chevrons for Smsgt. I must admit I much prefer the old chevrons, where two up is a Chief. I was actually stationed at Mainz-Kastel, yes, an air traffic controller at Mainz-Kastel. I was doing staff type work, creating instrument flight procedures. I went TDY all over Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, for this job, including Ramstein, so I have been been in the tower there. Good picture of it. When I worked in control towers, Mt Home, Vietnam, Laughlin and Travis, sometimes, I felt sorry for the maint troops on the ground, out in the elements, while I was sitting in air conditioned comfort, but not too sorry (smile)

Later bro.

31 posted on 05/30/2014 5:11:36 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17

Mainz-Kastel! We had a unit there in the 1990s I used to visit a lot; the 485 Intel Sqdn. Ever heard of it? I was with the 26 Intel Grp at Ramstein.


32 posted on 05/30/2014 6:22:51 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!
Actually, I was at Mainz-Kastel from 80 to 84, so I do not remember what other outfits were there. I know it was mostly Army troops there, but I know the 1st MOB out of Lindsey, also had some people at Mainz-Kastel. I was always worried about being put in the MOB. The 1st was at Lindsey, the 3rd was at Tinker. The 5th was in the Philippines. I am not positive, but the 2nd may have been in Florida. Not sure if there even was a 4th, but I think there was. To me, the MOB (mobile combat comm group) was like being in the Army, living in tents out in the boonies, eating MREs. If I had wanted to do that, I just would have joined the Army. I did not much like the way the Army troops were treated. I ate at the Army dining hall in Wiesbaden several times. I thought the food was utterly awful, the worst food I ever had. Prison inmates have better food and better medical care. That kind of sucks.

We were located with Defense Mapping Agency, because we needed their maps to do our work. We were located catty corner from the stereo club, across the tracks.

33 posted on 05/30/2014 8:18:38 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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