Hiker survives grizzly bear attack in eastern Idaho

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

News from the Northern Redoubt.

A hiker in eastern Idaho has survived injuries he sustained in a grizzly bear attack.

Idaho Fish and Game says the man and his wife were hiking along the Outlet Overlook Trail at Henrys Lake State Park when the attack occurred. He was able to walk out on his own and was treated and released at a local hospital.

The hiker, identified as 73-year-old Gregory Godar of West Yellowstone, told Fish and Game that he had bear spray with him but it was strapped to his chest.

“If I had one word of advice, it would be to carry your bear spray in your hand and not strapped to your chest,” Godar said.

By the time Godar’s wife deployed her own can of bear spray, the mamma grizzly and her two cubs had left the area.

So if I could give “one word of advice,” it would be to carry a large bore handgun in the bush.

This man is very fortunate he wasn’t killed.  It might be that if he had no time to get to spray, he wouldn’t have had time to get to a handgun.

But I know when I was in the bush in Colorado I had my head on a swivel.


Comments

  1. On May 31, 2020 at 9:49 pm, The Riddle Of Steel said:

    “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  2. On May 31, 2020 at 11:48 pm, Quietus said:

    Head on a swivel, huh. I remember your reply to my advice about chest holsters within the last week or so. You’d carried a bored-out M1911 in a Hill People Gear high chest pouch and found it to be a strain on your neck, over time. That outfit makes good stuff. But a steel gun, and that company’s choice of how to suspend weight, might have conspired to do you in for lack of comfort.

    You said that you may be exploring options to carry the gun on the pack’s waistbelt. IMO a poor idea. At some point you’ll be glad to shed the durned pack and walk light for a few steps. Buddy Bear saw that shucking of your gun.

    If a chest holster is chosen with the intent to live with it 24/7 with no drama, my opinion is for kydex, centered on the sternum. The makers of those rigs tend to use wide webbing, and the rigs tend to be stable and put no weight on the neck. Just my opinion.

    Thanks for your work on this site.

  3. On June 1, 2020 at 9:07 am, Ned2 said:

    Bear spray is for dumb hippies and USFS employees. The rest of us carry when out in the wilderness.

  4. On June 1, 2020 at 10:47 am, TheAlaskan said:

    Roger that Ned. Our dumb hippies and even dumber USFS canister carriers are all, mostly, Cheechakos. Sort of like Timothy Treadwell, a well known bear expert, but I digress.

    I carry 24/7 because I live in the wilderness.

    Don’t fear the wilderness. Be the wilderness. Predators know the difference.

    Chest rigs rule for hog-leg carry…IMO.

  5. On June 1, 2020 at 4:51 pm, Tom said:

    Grizzly’s love peppery seasoning allegedly. It’s like Lawry’s for bears.

  6. On June 1, 2020 at 8:39 pm, Fred said:

    Did you look at my chillinz sideways human? Here’s a swipe for your trouble. Get out of my woods and don’t come back.

    Good mama bear, doing what a good mama bear is supposed to. Stupid humans, apex predator country is for apex predators.

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