Hunters survive night attack in Purcell Mountains. Hiked 5 kilometers back to truck after attack-

Two lucky hunters survived what sounds to me like a half-hearted predatory attack by a female grizzly. There is evidence that they had been followed by two grizzlies earlier that day.

I say “half-hearted” because they would not have survived a full scale attack. Although they had a rifle in the tent, during the struggle they couldn’t chamber the bullet. Fortunately, they were able to chase the bear away.

B.C. hunters on the mend after grizzly bear attack. By Sunny Dhillon (CP)

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to B.C. grizzly, possible predatory attack on 2 men in tent

  1. avatar Jeff says:

    Understanding and being able to read any animal’s mood and intent is critical when encountering everything from moose to bears to moron’s dogs on busy trails. Predatory bear behavior, slow methodical stalking that is undetered should be recognized and these bears endangered or not should probably be dispatched humanely.

  2. avatar Ryan says:


    No we should wait unitl they attack someone, then start a big bear spray/all hunters are morons thread, where people who weren’t there and many who have never had a threatening bear encounter can provide great insite and condemn humans for doing wrong.


    There was a similar attack to this on the Kenai last year that a well known fishing guide was involved in.


October 2009


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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