A 9-foot bear shot by a homeowner is a reminder of what it means to live in the Alaskan wilderness.
The Peninsula Clarion had the story of Jim Landess of Sterling, Alaska, who awoke one morning earlier this month at 3:30 a.m. to loud banging on the outside of his home and windows.
“My son was sleeping downstairs and stood up to be eye-level with a 9-foot brown bear looking at him through the dining room window,” Landess told Alaska Dispatch.
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Gunshots scared the bear off, at least until 6:00 a.m., when more banging woke Landess up again.
The bear was attempting to get inside a second time, and now Landess felt as though he needed to take matters into his own hands.
His took aim with a .45 pistol from his raised deck and shot the bear seven times. He said it “got crazy” and ran about 50 feet before collapsing and dying.
Things of this sort aren’t all that uncommon in Alaska, and Landess himself said he routinely scares bears away from his property each summer. But, this 9-foot behemoth was the first big game he had ever killed.
“I’m not a hunter; I’m a fisherman,” he said. “It wasn’t something I wanted to do. I wanted to scare him off.”
The bear was a male, approximately five years old.
Recent reports put bear-human interactions on the decline in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula this year, but as the summer stretches on, bears will be looking to pile on the pounds as the gear up for winter.
Image via Jim Landess/Peninsula Clarion