Two readers sent me this story out of Alaska. A family of nuisance bears had been nosing around an illegal nuisance homeless camp leading one man to make a spear from a knife and a stripped branch. He used the weapon to kill a yearling bear.
“The cub, estimated to be about a year and a half old, and an older bear thought to be its mother had been at the camp site for days stealing food, authorities said.
On Friday morning, the cub was seen outside a tent. David Tandler, 49, told officers he was worried it would harm children inside the tent, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said in an email to The Associated Press. No children were present at the camp site when troopers arrived.
Tandler picked up the spear, which he had earlier prepared for protection by attaching the long knife blade to the branch, said Dave Battle, the Anchorage-area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Battle said Tandler threw the spear at the cub, hitting it in the side. The bear ran for about 20 yards before collapsing and dying.
“It’s the first time I’ve run across the spearing of a bear,” Battle said.
Authorities determined the bear kill was legal under the state’s defense of life and property law.”
The man did not get off scott-free however. He was issued a ticket for negligent feeding of wildlife. Apparently, the area was riddled with food waste and garbage. It is a shame that a bear had to die because of human stupidity.