An 11-year-old boy recently proved that he is tougher than most adults.
When a bear charged his family, Elliott Clark of Alaska was forced to think quick and defend his family.
Clark and his family were walking through the woods on their way to a popular fishing spot when a bear charged them.
“There was four of them in a line … my son was third,” explained Lucas Clark, the boy’s father. “The bear came down the trail at them, fella in the front, who was his uncle, the bear was on him so quickly that he [the uncle] didn’t have time to take his rifle off his shoulder.”
Elliott didn’t hesitate as the other adults struggled to draw their rifles. He charged the bear with his shotgun and began firing.
“His first shot was a light load of birdshot. That first shot hit him in the shoulder and did absolutely nothing. The next shot hit him in the nose and traveled down through the neck,” Lucas Clark said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Luckily for the group, the gun was loaded with more than just birdshot. The second and subsequent rounds were reportedly heavy slugs — but even after being hit several times, the bear came so close to the group that the animal was found with point-blank gun powder burns on its mouth.
“As the bear slid past him and came to a stop, he put a kill shot in him,” Elliott’s father recounted.
The details of the story were confirmed by Alaska State Troopers who investigated the incident. While laws protect bears in that state, a rule known as “Defense of Life or Property” permits people to defend themselves against wild animals if needed.
Elliott deserves a lot of credit for having the courage to charge an adult bear and come out on the winning side.
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