Skip to comments.Camper in the US Kept Cool As Grizzly Bear Chewed Her Arm During Fatal Attack in Montana
Posted on 07/29/2010 10:19:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
WHEN Deb Freele woke up in her tent, a grizzly bear was chewing on her arm. She screamed as she heard the bones break.
Recovering in hospital yesterday, she explained how she had survived: I screamed, he bit harder. I screamed harder, he continued to bite. I told myself, 'play dead'. I went totally limp. As soon as I went limp, I could feel his jaws get loose and then he let me go.
Mrs Freele, 58, was one of two survivors of a deadly bear attack in the middle of the night at a busy campsite just outside Yellowstone National Park in Montana. Kevin Kammer, 48, from Michigan, was killed as he slept.
A teenage boy was also attacked as the bear tore through several tents in the sprawling Soda Butte camping grounds. Rangers later captured a female grizzly with cubs, and officials are certain that the bear, which is estimated to weigh up to 180kg, was responsible for the attacks. About 600 grizzly bears and hundreds of less-aggressive black bears live in the Yellowstone area.
Liberal environmentalist ready to die for the cause and disdn’t. Idiot. just like toldya
I was initially going to say something about the ambiguity of the headline. But after reading Post #2, well .....
Most animals will leave you alone if you shoot them in the face.
These bears have been reintroduced to the area as part of a program. Some guy from the Chicago ‘burbs got killed a month or so ago, and it was in the local news here, but they had signs up, so it was his own fault. I think the solution is going to be no camping or hiking in Yellowstone. That’s my policy.
But my bet would be on the guy that spends 30 minutes a week on weak hand drills.
Don’t grizzlies eat meat?
Why would playing dead work? Wouldn’t they just keep eating?
“Most animals will leave you alone if you shoot them in the face.”
My thoughts exactly!
I live in the Chicago metro area, but not in the city.
I have lived well for over six decades by following the rule that “roughing it” is defined as a Holiday Inn, or equivalent, that does not have an indoor pool and hot tub.
And I take a gun with me when I go fishing for bluegills.
I wasn’t joking!
Yes but bears have such thick skulls you would have to go thru the open mouth into the throat if he was that close to you. Otherwise anywhere in the center neck area and make sure you get off as many rounds off as you can before you get knocked down by him.
That is with a handgun, if you have a good rifle just pumping rounds into him. No I have never been attacked by a bear.
The incident is the first fatal mauling by a grizzly bear in the area in 25 years, and the first such fatal attack to take place at a site where researchers had recently trapped and released a bear.
The important point is "released". The rest of the article is a study in evasion of this point: that the man was killed by a bear recently INTRODUCED into the area. The first in 25 years! Now we have the second in 2 months, along with some minor maiming.
This is like JAWS upside down.
Like a prisoner that can’t stand life on the outside, this bear re-offended to back to where it was comfortable...
No, the thing to use on a Grizzly Bear is cold, hard logic...
Not sure I get your meaning. These bears are being taken from relatively remote areas and reintroduced to relatively less remote areas, i.e. Yellowstone. The idea is to restore Yellowstone to a more nearly primal condition. The maulings they might commit subsequently seem to be no deterrent to the project, in view of the nobility and rightness of its conception.
I live in rural Alaska, mostly around my area its the smaller Black bear, the larger Brown bears are not very common around here.
I used to haul with me a huge stainless scoped Ruger Redhawk 44mag. when I went fishing, now I carry a 10mm Glock with a hi cap magazine of my own reloads. I believe its better to have a lot of bullets than just a couple of heavy ones that have to hit a certain place.
But arguing there is no comparison with Black bears and Alaskan Kodiak grizzlies, the ones I have seen are like something from Jurassic park. Grenades, got to make some grenades....
“Hey BooBoo... what does arm of environmentalist whacko taste like?”
“Gee Yogi... I was gonna say ‘chicken’ but that’s not endangered enough.. spotted owl maybe?”
So who would want to go sleep there in a tent?
Yes, because the government should put as much land as possible off limits to us peons.
Suppose the feds were releasing Great White Sharks off the eastern seaboard, and they naturally and inevitably started eating vacationing bathers. Would your response be to say, “Why would anyone want to bathe in shark infested waters?”
Grizz killed two chicks in their tents up the trail ...believed to have been menstruating.
We were open carrying. This was before being outdoorsy meant being a fag acting lib urine drinking dirt person and when the law did not care.
ranger...a real one on horseback and with mule team was heading out to find and shoot the bear...had sidearm of 44mag Super Blackhawk and a lever 45-70....he warned us to be careful
Well funny you said that..
I am a heavy equipment mechanic and started fooling around with a massive Timken bearing race, its an inch and a half wide and when it was round was something like 8 or so inches across, I think it was a carrier bearing from a bucket loader.
Its made out of 52100 steel, not the number one choice for knifemaking but really close, took me a week hammering on it orange hot to get the curve out of it, countless hours with a belt sander, side grinder, tempering to shape it, making the handle, getting the edge just right. I learned a lot, became a member on some knifemaking forums, learned how to make the steel stronger at certain parts, oh its a knife...about the size of a small machete with a sharp point.
Didja follow the link?...
Sorry I thought it was a typo, I remember that article from back then, I may have even posted a comment.
I thought about not making the typo.
I was impressed with kanawa’s what? resolve? Strength? Luck? back when.
I remember it well now that you brought it back up.
Thats the problem I wish Jim could fix here at FR, the ability to come back and edit a post within a short time period, I have the spell checker but its not very smart, and coupled with my old stiff fingers and a keyboard I need to replace I make errors all the time, and I don’t want to be labeled as a typo gestapo like some people have evolved into, I swear they post nothing but for when they see other peoples mistakes.
I guess you misspelled it so it would look like a link, and of course I’m a little color blind doesn’t help...
“Most animals will leave you alone if you shoot them in the face.”
LOL...ya think? /s
Our family of six lived in the Fairbanks/North Pole area of Alaska for four years. When we took the kids fishing we didn’t have a rifle... but we had bear bells and we sang show tunes. Two adults and four kids singing from “Annie” scared away everything except the mosquitoes.
That being said... we always went back in the house to sleep.
I’ll respect the woman for keeping her head - literally, as it turns out - in very difficult circumstances. That said, if/when I go camping, I take a 44 magnum with me. Even from a 2.5 inch barrel, a full power 44 is not to be sneezed at...unless in Alaska. Never been there, but for Alaska I’d carry a rifle. They don’t make handguns big enough for my taste for Alaska, but a 375 H&H Magnum would be about right.
“that the man was killed by a bear recently INTRODUCED into the area. “
The bear wasn’t introduced into the area. They drugged the bear to weigh it and take blood samples. It woke up and ran off. It was still pissed off when it ran into the first man.
I have several times. The only problem I had was when a bison tried to use my car as a scratching post.
Yellowstone rangers used to shoot marauding bears with rubber bullets in an attempt to teach them to fear humans. I guess it's changed now.
...which is easier said than done if Smokey is already nomnomnomnomnomming on your arm.
Now I know what it takes to make a woman be quiet.
Good point. Yes, I would say that. Then if I wanted to be able to swim in safely I would either do something about it — join with others to change the situation, or look for another beach.
When I visit bear country, I just bring along my pet hippo for protection...
Nahh, just trying to be funny.
Ha...I have the same frame in .357 mag...
That too would be a good Bear Stopper.
Better than playing dead and hoping the bear isn’t still hungry or smart.
Heh heh...it’s stops other things too...
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