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Moose hunter survives attack by grizzly
Anchorage Daily News ^ | September 20th, 2011 | CASEY GROVE

Posted on 09/21/2011 4:58:40 AM PDT by thackney

A moose hunter attacked by a grizzly bear north of the Denali Highway survived the severe mauling Monday after hiking to his camp, traveling by boat downriver to a wilderness lodge then getting an airlift via Alaska Air National Guard helicopter to an Anchorage hospital.

Donald "Skip" Sanford, 65, was hunting about five miles upriver from the Maclaren River Lodge when the bear attacked, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Sanford had been hunting with his son John, 12, his friend Monty Dyson, 47, and Dyson's son Chad, 22, Dyson said.

Dyson relayed Sanford's story Tuesday by radio phone from the lodge, which sits on the highway 42 miles east of Cantwell.

Sanford walked away from camp Monday about 2 or 3 p.m. to find a hand-held radio he lost earlier, Dyson said.

Sanford was on a game trail when he saw the bear stand up, Dyson said. Sanford backed up, but the bear seemed to circle around him, Dyson said.

Sanford told rescuers he first saw the grizzly about 75 yards away from him, said Joe Snyder, one of the many people at the lodge who helped treat Sanford and get him out of the wilderness. The bear quickly closed the gap between them, Snyder said.

"He turned around and the bear was about 20 yards away, and it was coming at him pretty fast with its head down," Snyder said.

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Sanford -- a "tougher-than-nails" ex-Marine and a Vietnam veteran, Snyder said -- had just enough time to fire one shot from his .30-06 rifle before the bear grabbed him. The bear's claws dug into Sanford's back, near his kidneys, Snyder said. It bit his head, tearing an ear and leaving deep wounds with its canine teeth at the base of Sanford's skull, Snyder said.

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(Excerpt) Read more at adn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: bear; grizzly; moose

1 posted on 09/21/2011 4:58:44 AM PDT by thackney
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To: Eska

Alaskan Moose hunter and a bear ping

stay safe


2 posted on 09/21/2011 4:59:18 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

He shoulda been hunting Grizz. But seriously, isnt this getting to be an epidemic?


4 posted on 09/21/2011 5:01:05 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: thackney
It sure seems the grizzly menu du jour includes people a lot more this year. This sure made us nervous and alert hiking in Yellowstone last July.
5 posted on 09/21/2011 5:02:58 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: thackney

Too bad he couldn’t have taken his shot when it was 75 yards away from him.


6 posted on 09/21/2011 5:05:05 AM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: thackney

This guys sounds like a Rambo, the brownies in Alaska are quite formidable in size, if I knew I was in their area I would call in artillery. My heaviest rifle is a .375 H&H with hot Barnes bullets and I still wish for more.


7 posted on 09/21/2011 5:07:40 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Sarah Palin and John Bolton--- 2012)
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To: driftdiver
He shoulda been hunting Grizz.
Yup.
8 posted on 09/21/2011 5:08:03 AM PDT by samtheman (Palin. In your heart you know she's right.)
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To: thackney

Wow, lucky (and one heck of a tough) guy. I wonder if getting shot with a .30-06 caused the bear just enough discomfort to make him break off the attack “early”? I’d want something more powerful, but better a .30-06 than nothing!


9 posted on 09/21/2011 5:15:49 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: thackney

Backpack found 30 yards from moose carcass. Griz protecting dinner.


10 posted on 09/21/2011 5:19:25 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: LibWhacker

Most guides will carry at the least the .338 if they are around brownies in Alaska, the black bear though can be dropped with something much smaller. My mini 14 was sold to me by a guide that used it only for the black bears.

And for those Kodiak grizzlies give me air support! Either that or an autoload 20 or 25mm.


11 posted on 09/21/2011 5:21:24 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Sarah Palin and John Bolton--- 2012)
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To: driftdiver

I hear ‘ya! All these bear attacks lately, I don’t think I’d be comfortable hunting rabbits in Alaska with anything less than a grizz gun. Just in case. Kind of ruins any other kind of hunting, though.


12 posted on 09/21/2011 5:22:23 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

This is more evidence that arguing caliber isn’t helpful. How well can you aim at a charging Griz? Hit high center until weapon is empty or griz stops.


13 posted on 09/21/2011 5:23:24 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: thackney

As an avid hunter, I do not understand people who hunt in Grizzly country using inferior weapons.

I cannot find the calibers used in the Idaho fatality, but not being able to put a 400 pound grizzly down with multiple shots is an indicator (not proof) that they were using light caliber rifles.

In this story, the hunter had a .30-06, totally inadequate for grizzly.


14 posted on 09/21/2011 5:24:28 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: thackney
The List includes adn.com, sorry.
15 posted on 09/21/2011 5:29:55 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Eye of Unk
Lol.

My old man was seriously injured in the wilderness when I was a kid. He said afterwards, and I took it to heart, maybe to extremes, never go into the wilderness alone. It almost cost him his life and did cost him a leg.

I'd love to go see Alaska. Have wanted to since I was a kid. But I'd definitely want to have a hunting buddy with me!

16 posted on 09/21/2011 5:32:06 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

I live in the Mat Su valley just a bit up the road from Wasilla, a lot of hunters are building aggressive go anywhere hunting buggies up here cobbled from anything and everything.

I have seen them on novice welded frames of old rebar with an old cab of some kind, seen old military trucks with DC-3 tires under them and even myself I am building one possibly this winter. It will be armored for the “just in case” situation of an attacking bear. It will have a carcass winch and a sizable meat chest possibly with refrigeration or just dry ice packs.


17 posted on 09/21/2011 5:38:23 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Sarah Palin and John Bolton--- 2012)
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To: Admin Moderator

The article was excerpted. I was trying to understand why the map was not allowed.

Thank you.


18 posted on 09/21/2011 5:45:37 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Erik Latranyi
When I was in Vietnam, we used to do a direct fire test drill each night with split-trail 155s.

That should work.

19 posted on 09/21/2011 5:50:37 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: thackney
Images from sources that have submitted formal copyright complaints to FR are not allowed. Some sources allow excerpts of text, others do not allow them at all. Articles of fewer than 600 words must be manually-excerpted to 50% of content.

That's it, in a nutshell.

20 posted on 09/21/2011 5:51:54 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: 2111USMC

Maybe concerns that the grizzly is protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act and they are aggressive in prosecuting it recently stalled his reaction. See http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/prosecution-for-fatal-grizzly-shooting-sparks-debate

Such a law is evil when aggressively prosecuted, for this very reason.


21 posted on 09/21/2011 5:52:02 AM PDT by bvw
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To: G Larry
How well can you aim at a charging Griz?

Not well, I'm guessing. And you won't have much time either. The poor old guy in the article only had time to get off one shot.

I've never seen a bear attack in real life, but I was looking at some on YouTube a couple of weeks ago, and the videos I saw show they don't necessarily charge at you in a straight line (which, of course, would make for an easier shot if they did charge straight at you), but seemed to prefer to arc in fast like the most extreme curve ball you've ever seen. So they're bouncing violently up and down, arc-ing in, and moving real fast. And your life depends on hitting them. Yikes!

22 posted on 09/21/2011 5:54:57 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: G Larry
How well can you aim at a charging Griz? Hit high center until weapon is empty or griz stops.

Carry a heavy-caliber sidearm. At least you have a chance.

23 posted on 09/21/2011 5:59:19 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: Eye of Unk

Oh, man, that sounds like just the ticket!


24 posted on 09/21/2011 6:02:51 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Erik Latranyi

“In this story, the hunter had a .30-06, totally inadequate for grizzly.”

The 30-06 has killed plenty of griz. but is not a good “stopper” in the case of an attack. With the right bullets and shot placement it is adequate, but there is little margin for error. I personally wouldn’t risk it.


25 posted on 09/21/2011 6:04:53 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Had enough?)
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To: Admin Moderator
Please understand I am not trying to argue the point, but trying to understand it.

On the list:
Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1111944/posts

It States:

These sites must be excerpted and linked only:
and adn.com is included here.

Farther down it states:
Also, do not post images from Corbis or Getty.

I have also read elsewhere by either Jim Robinson or Admin Moderator that AP photos are not allowed.

But do you mean that no images are allowed from any source on the excerpt list? That seems to be a change from past policy.

26 posted on 09/21/2011 6:06:56 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

IIRC, Timothy Treadwell made it through 13 seasons with the bears. He always left when the bears began hibernating. In the 13th year he started to leave but returned. That was when a bear got him and his girlfriend.


27 posted on 09/21/2011 6:13:59 AM PDT by decimon
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To: thackney

Sounds like the story of mountain man Hugh Glass. Incredible story of survival after being mauled by a griz, and left for dead by his buddies.


28 posted on 09/21/2011 6:46:00 AM PDT by lurk
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To: thackney
When Mr. Ditter and I were bear hunting in Canada one if our guides was an Indian. His wife had been attacked and left for dead by the bear who buried her with sticks and rocks before leaving. She knew enough to be still and play dead. He said her wounds took about 7 years to heal. About 15 minutes later we spotted our bear. I must say I was terrified!
29 posted on 09/21/2011 6:57:35 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: thackney
Shouldn't the headline read:

Grizzly Survives Encounter with Armed Intruder
30 posted on 09/21/2011 7:05:55 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: Krankor
Shouldn't the headline read: Grizzly Survives Encounter with Armed Intruder

Lucky Grizzly Survives Encounter with Marine

31 posted on 09/21/2011 7:21:41 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: thackney

Obviously we have a card carrying PETA pussy who has already sought out this thread as sport hunting threatens his teddy bear collection.

What a puss.

If sport hunting offends you, why the h$!! don’t you go back to DU and mix with the pussies there.


32 posted on 09/21/2011 8:03:04 AM PDT by gettinolder (Smashed lips save ships.)
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To: thackney

Also remember the guys who came in and picked him up!

Later, an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter with two pararescuemen landed at the lodge, according to the Air Guard. The rescuers hopped out and helped put more bandages on Sanford while the helicopter took off and refueled in the air with an HC-130 that had also been dispatched, the Guard said.

People & Power - Blood and dust
A superb documentary about Medevac teams in Afghanistan
From an usual source.
A long and intense video.Some of America’s best in action.
Twenty four minutes and well worth the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNC_4lZ07gU


33 posted on 09/21/2011 8:04:15 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: gettinolder
Obviously we have a card carrying PETA @#$%@ who has already sought out this thread as sport hunting threatens his teddy bear collection.

What the heck are you talking about?

34 posted on 09/21/2011 8:10:53 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Thanks for asking for clarification.

You post about a hunter who survives a bear attack, and quickly we get fellow Freepers(?) showing sympathy for the bear.

Doing a quick review of comments related to recent hunter vs bear posts some of these “Freepers” are fairly rabid with their feelings towards bear hunters.

I believe I’ll go pick up a brown bear tag in case I run into one (brown bear) this fall while hunting.

There, I feel better.

Thanks for the post.


35 posted on 09/21/2011 8:22:22 AM PDT by gettinolder (Smashed lips save ships.)
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To: thackney

.45-70, .458 Winchester or 12 gauge are the rounds most guides carry.

I would never go into the bush with grizz’s in the area without a .45-70.


36 posted on 09/21/2011 9:43:06 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: Hacklehead

My bear hunting buddy tells me that most guides won’t go out with you for grizz with .30-06. Too dangerous: The round is simply too small.

He has taken a grizz in Allaska with his .30-06 but it took three perfectly placed heart lung shots to bring him down. A very tough animal.

.45-70 is minimum.


37 posted on 09/21/2011 11:14:06 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: texmexis best

If you read the Chronicles of the Lewis and Clark expedition, one grizzly took 9 close range shots to the chest from Kentucky long rifles to bring down.


38 posted on 09/21/2011 11:16:10 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Prepare for Armageddon! Buy brass and lead!)
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To: CholeraJoe

One trip my buddy took was a pretty good hunt but when they came back they were told that 5 bear hunters had been killed in the short time they were out.

These are very nasty animals who see you as dinner.


39 posted on 09/21/2011 11:19:23 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: Erik Latranyi

I’ll be lookin’ for a .45-70 lever action soon. (B4 heading out on the trails of Jellystone)


40 posted on 09/21/2011 6:16:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Also, I suggest you carry a large-caliber pistol. If you get knocked down, you still have a chance to fight.


41 posted on 09/22/2011 4:31:25 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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