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The Kid and the Bear — 13 Comments

  1. Hi Holly, I really liked your bio and I have a real bear story too. I met a black bear at Mount Raineer National Park back in 1986. I was in great shape then and could run 6 miles if I had too. The bear stalked me from the side of the trail behind the trees. Finally it showed itself by resting its head on a large tree stump. I froze at first and then slowly backed away from the bear until it was out of my sight, then I turned and ran all the way back to my car at the begining of the trail over 2 miles worth. I too shall never forget the event. I am very glad everything worked for you with the bear. Thank you.

  2. The prospect of being eaten by (or having your dad eaten by) a grizzly is pretty terrifying! Can’t say it holds a candle thought to the McDonald’s drive through on a Saturday night. Sheer horror!! Teehee!! Hope you are well and happy!!

  3. Wow. Your father thought he might die that day, and he was telling YOU how to save yourself. That was a magnificent act.

    So grateful that you both suvived . . . (wait for it) . . . To Tell the Tale.

    Looking forward to the new Cady–and to your PR blast for the pubbed students. Can’t wait to read them all! Genre be damned.

  4. No disrespect to your father. The point I would like to make is off topic, maybe [eh?] slightly educational. Going to say it anyway.
    Grizzly have been killed w/ shotguns; in one account, 20 gauge, #5 shot, suitable for rabbits. Fat, tired, old codger [not going to run] intruded upon bear, was charged. Said codger shot bear in eyes, bear continued pursuit, was shot at close range in neck, bear fell, expired.

    There should be ‘philosophy of force’ 101 taught at childhood.
    Rule1-avoid danger unless willing to deal with consequence.
    Rule2-any weapon is inanimate, capable of nothing, user is ?
    Rule3-never plan for sacrifice, plan to survive. Death comes to all, it should not come from giving up prematurely.
    Rule4-from fists to firearms, basic anatomy crucial to use of force. People have been known to walk around w/ large bore GSWs until infection set in, or wound healed over. Likewise, people have been killed with knitting needles.
    Rule5- ooops. Never mind. Not my classroom.

    • Hi, David. I never said he did it right. I just said it’s what he did. 😀

      What I did in his circumstances would have been different. But I wasn’t in his circumstances. I was ten years old, and dealing as best I could with mine.

      • Though I guess I should add that birdshot loaded to leave enough meat to eat on a duck or ptarmigan is a pretty light load, and the odds of it doing much to a big grizzly besides pissing him off seem pretty small to me—one story of an old codger notwithstanding.

        My father had a 30.06 handgun. Why he didn’t carry it with him while hunting with a lightly loaded shotgun in grizzly country remains a mystery to me.

        • As mentioned, no disrespect to your father.

          The old codger didn’t do it ‘right’, either. Knew grizz had been getting closer to his cabin, but he was armed for rabbits [or was it grouse?] More to the point, lessons learned — birdshot in eyes effective. Birdshot at closer range acts as a single projectile, effective on soft tissue.

          Most importantly, the attitude you have, which is to survive first, not to think first of sacrifice. Regardless of weapon, the user is always key. As said, death reaches us all eventually, just should not occur from giving up!

  5. Great read, Holly! I’ve been a fan of your work/site for about 4 years now, and you seem much happier for quitting Big Publishing.

    • It’s amazing how much happier. Now if I can just get out from under the massive workload and return to writing fiction, I’d do a friggin’ fandango.

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