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Old 06-24-2010, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Alaska geologist survives 2 attacks by grizzly bear
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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I bet he was being very quite as he was walking...bad move.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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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.

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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.

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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.
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