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April 07, 2008

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Polar Bear Shot Far Inland; Biologists Baffled

From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Biologists don't know why the polar bear that was shot and killed outside the Yukon River village of Fort Yukon on Thursday crossed the Brooks Range into Interior Alaska.

They know only that it is the longest inland movement -- 250 miles -- ever documented by a polar bear in Alaska. . . .

The bear was shot by 30-year-old hunter Zeb Cadzow of Fort Yukon . . . . The bear charged Cadzow after he went into the brush to track it . . . . The encounter happened so quickly that Cadzow, who was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, didn¹t have time to aim before shooting.

"I shot from the hip, seven or eight times," Cadzow said. "If I had gotten it to my shoulder, (the bear) would have been on top of me."

Comments

matt

I cant help but wonder why anyone would track a polar bear into thick brush with only an ar-15?

seems like he is one lucky guy!

then again why was he tracking it in the first place lol

John R

Quote: I cant help but wonder why anyone would track a polar bear into thick brush with only an ar-15?
Yeah, that's a good question. I personally wouldn't be tracking a Polar Bear into the brush with anything.
It also should arouse some lively dialog about the pipsqueak .223.
Not from me though; I love my Bushmaster but I wouldn't be trapesing around looking for bears with it.

sofaking

i don't think the point was what or why he shot it, but why was a polar bear that far inland...although you couldn't pay me to go after a polar bear when armed for varmints...

Matt Mallery

I have to wonder if there is a polar bear season in this area if they are not normally found there and if there is not why was he tracking it?

In 1916, a great white swam inshore in a freshwater river in New Jersey and killed some people. Odd behavior but it happens.Sometimes animals don't know they are supposed to stay in a certain ecosystem.




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