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Old 08-23-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — One moment Howard Hawkins Jr. was driving to get an early morning cup of coffee and the next he hit a large grizzly bear running at a full gallop across one of Anchorage's busiest streets.

"It is just unreal," Hawkins said Friday, less than 12 hours after his 2002 Land Rover struck the bear. "It just happened so fast.

FOXNews.com - Coffee-Seeking Driver Hits Grizzly Bear in Alaskan Street - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Bummer for that bear!
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:29 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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anyone know if this was the glenn?
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Old 09-11-2008, 05:39 AM
 
Location: land of quail, bunnies, and red tail hawks
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anyone know if this was the glenn?
The article doesn't say. Based on the description of a busy street, large car dealership, and RV park, it sounds like this incident happened on the New Seward close to the Cal Worthington Ford dealership.
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Old 09-11-2008, 06:14 AM
 
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Default Been There, Done That!

I once hit a brown (grizzly) bear while driving the Parks Highway. Pretty much the same thing happened--a bear was beat feeting it out of the bushes like it was being chased by something. Since no other vehicles were around, I attempted to slam on the brakes and swerve, but I still caught the bear with the right bumper and proceeded to roll over it once it was down. Bump, bump! (Poor thing!)

My toddler daughter thought it was a fun ride (Giggle, giggle! "Do that again, Mommy!"), but my sleeping hubby came instantly awake, wondering what I'd done to his truck! Since we were now stopped in the middle of the road, it was pretty easy to look behind us and see the bear lying on the center line next to our license plate! We eased the truck back toward the bear, and my husband very cautiously got out of the vehicle to retrieve the plate while I had my trusty can of bear spray locked and loaded if the bear should twitch. The poor thing looked like he was taking a nap!

We continued down the road to the nearest pay phone where we straightened out the fender (it was rubbing against the tire) and reported the incident to the Troopers. Since we only got an answering machine, we don't know what happened to the bear. On our way back a couple of days later, we stopped and scouted the scene. We couldn't find any evidence that the bear was dragged into the woods by the Troopers, nor was there any blood to indicate the bear may have been dispatched. We tend to think that was one tough bear that simply had his bell rung good! He probably woke up and stumbled off the road under his own power.

The only damage to the truck was about a four inch gash in the front bumper. Our license plate is now wired on since the bolts went missing that evening.

As we were driving along the Parks Highway after that incident, I kept looking at the shoulders and for the life of me couldn't figure out why I didn't see the bear sooner. The shoulders are pretty wide and clear of brush. My husband was wondering the same thing, but wisely kept his mouth shut! It wasn't until we returned along the same route and stopped at the scene that we noticed this happened at the only place along that stretch of the Parks where there wasn't any brush clearance. The brush touched the edge of the paved shoulder. Needless to say, darling hubby gained a greater understanding of what I had faced.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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The article doesn't say. Based on the description of a busy street, large car dealership, and RV park, it sounds like this incident happened on the New Seward close to the Cal Worthington Ford dealership.

Yes, it was on Gambell:

Grizzly hit by SUV on Gambell, shot by police: Alaska News | adn.com
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