Man Attacked by Bear Near Smoky Lake.
That was the headline I read yesterday. Wow. That sounds very scary for the man and also for the people who live in the area.
But then I read the whole story and found myself once again saying WTF!
The bear was minding his business, being a bear, in his home, which is in the woods. And a hunter went to the bear’s home and shot him with a gun. The wounded bear ran away and the hunter ran after him. At this point the bear turned around and IN SELF DEFENSE struck back at the man and likely said something in bear like: “I’m going to fuck you up, you meddlesome bitch!” The bear got on top of the hunter and was winning the fight, biting Elmer Fudd on the head and arms, before the hunter unfortunately got hold of his gun and shot the bear again.
If you hunt legally, then good for you. I guess? But if the animal you’re trying to kill fights back and tries to kill you, then I say good for the animal. This isn’t an attack–it’s self defense. I found it so strange that the media framed the encounter in those terms, like the bear did something wrong. If you’re killed trying to kill an animal in its home, then I say, to a great extent, you went looking for trouble and you found it. Don’t cry. Take your lumps. But to frame this as a “Bear Attack” is really unfair to the bear.
I wish bears could learn how to shoot a gun. Then, at least, I would consider this kind of hunting more “sport” than “slaughter.”