Originally Posted by bigbuck
We were later told that you can shoot an animal if you are threatened is this true? If it is true couldn't the residents carry a pistol while walking and jogging and if threatened shoot the wolfe's legally?
Perfectly legal to kill an animal in the defense of life or property in this State. Sad story for this young woman was she was a relatively new arrival to Alaska, and was involved with the educational system (may have been a school teacher). She was an active athletic type and was out walking jogging to get some excercise. She was probably told the bears were all in hibernation and didn't feel the need to be packing a firearm in the middle of winter. It would be fair to say she wasn't a seasoned Alaskan with experience in the wilds of Alaska. Had been in Alaska for less than one year and was in a foreign local and environment.
I'm almost always packing a firearm when I'm out and about. It doesn't happen frequently even with bears, but all it takes to end a life is one unlucky incident. I've bumped into brown bears in my own yard on more than one occasion. Been stalked by a black bear in the mountains while hunting black bear. Easiest bear ever. He snuck up on me from downwind while I was sleeping. Pasted him at 20 feet with 7mm Rem Mag & 160 gr Nosler Accubond while he was staring me down. One shot corrected that bears attitude. Good thing PETA wasn't there - I'd have been lynched.