Alaska Man Fights Off Bear, Walks Away with Minor Injuries

 

 

” An Alaska man and his family are counting their blessings after walking away with minor injuries from a hands-on scuffle with a bear.

“When the bear was headed towards us, we were like, ‘OK, it’s do or die now,'” Toby Burke, a wildlife biologist for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, told ABC News.

On Sunday afternoon, Burke, 48, along with his wife, Laura, and three children decided to go bird watching along the Alaskan Kasilof River Beach. The sun was out and the skies were clear, but the chilly 30-degree Alaskan air had the family bundled up in layers.

While the two environmentalists were observing through telescopes, they noticed something a bit larger than the typical bird.

“We saw the bear in the distance and we said, ‘Hey let’s not go down there. Let’s stay up here,'” Burke told ABC News.

Burke wasn’t too worried. After all, he does live in bear country.

The bear disappeared into the undulating dunes and Burke said he assumed it might have fed on a washed-up marine mammal. Burke and his family turned around and continued their hike through the dunes.

Moments later, they found they were very wrong about the bear’s intentions.”

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