||05-19-2008 11:02 PM
Speaking of Bears in Town...
In 1977, 78 & 79 I lived with my parents in Valdez, Alaska. Cold, desolate and surrounded by mountains on pretty much all land sides, it's more than a bit remote.
Our first winter there was quite an experience, since we had moved from Grand Rapids, Mi, to Sunny San Diego and then on to Alaska. This was no easy winter, one of the worst on record in the last 20 years at the time.
In any event, there was a Kodiak Brown that was coming down into town at night and tipping over industrial 2-door garbage cans, the types used by supermarkets and places like that, basically eating anything it could find. At the time there wasn't a real big population in Valdez, basically if your parents didn't work for the city, the school district or the pipeline, there wasn't much of a reason to live there. So the local sheriff decided to round up a hunting 'posse' of people who had been large animal hunting before and go out on a search and destroy.
A group of about 20 or 25 locals went out hunting on one Weds. morning and came home with the offending animal. Sitting in the back of an old Dodge Power Wagon, the kind used in the Simon & Simon TV show, this big bastard had his head against the cab of the truck and with the tailgate down, his heels were dragging on the ground when it came into town. My old man was one of the hunters and he carried an old .45/70 lever action at the time, he told me that a group of about 10 of the guys came upon the bear and instead of taking off, it charged one of the guys and pretty much everyone opened up on it. My old man didn't get a shot off, because of the line of fire, but he told everyone that he had it in his sights for the headshot when the animal went down... LOL
In any event, the animal was skinned and put on the wall at one of the most popular watering holes in town, The Lamplighter Hotel and Bar. Far as I know, up into the 1980's when my old man was back up there on a job assignment, that old bear was still on the wall in the Lamplighter with a picture of all those "old timers" who took it down with probably more firepower than your average police department has in their weapons cage today.
Suffice to say, in answer to your question, it took a hell of a lot more rounds than a couple of pistols to bring down a real Kodiak, and I would suspect it would take more than a couple of troopers to bring down a North American Black or Brown Bear with just their service pistols in one lone encounter....