U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Alaska
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 06-24-2010, 09:58 PM
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
14,463 posts, read 20,374,860 times
Reputation: 10014


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Alaska geologist survives 2 attacks by grizzly bear
Quick reply to this message

Old 06-24-2010, 11:18 PM
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
6,430 posts, read 9,278,561 times
Reputation: 6675
I bet he was being very quite as he was walking...bad move.
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2010, 12:13 PM
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
17,852 posts, read 15,407,768 times
Reputation: 6395
This was actually only one attack, not two. Miller did several things wrong, but he also did one thing right, and that is probably what saved his life.

The bear went for his exposed right arm, gnawing and clawing it and chipping the bone off the tip of his elbow. The attack lasted 10-15 seconds, then the animal lumbered away.

"I thought it was over, I thought he was gone," Miller said.
He was wrong. Had he stayed put, and not moved, the bear most likely would have left the area after determining Miller was no threat. His movement so soon after the initial attack is most likely what caused the bear to continue the attack.

Anyone who carries a .357 revolver should use it on themselves instead of the bear for being so stupid. Miller says he thinks he only grazed the bear once, and missed with bear with his other two shots, but even if he hit the bear with all three shots, it would not have stopped the bear, only make the bear mad.

Miller's biggest mistake was that he was not paying attention to his surroundings.

Miller was clearing brush with a handsaw so the helicopter could land, when the bear appeared about 25 feet away.

"When he stepped into the clearing he didn't snarl and stand up and show me how big he was. He just came for me," Miller said.
Bears have terrible eyesight, but a great sense of smell. They will often stand, not just to show how big they are, but to try and catch a scent or get a better view. The bear may have done exactly that, but Miller was not paying attention. By the time Miller first noticed the bear, the bear had already identified him and was charging him.

Miller is very lucky to be alive.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2013 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $99,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Alaska
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2016, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top