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    Cyclist Mauled on Urban Trail (Anchorage)

    With the number of incidents in town lately it's a wonder this didn't happen earlier. I really hope she's OK.

    A teenage girl riding in an all-night bicycle race suffered severe injuries early this morning when a bear attacked her on a trail in Far North Bicentennial Park, authorities said.
    http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/450061.html
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    While I cycle in the Ozarks and not Alaska, I do bike with a magnum.

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    That's terrifying. I've just read a thread on how commuters are paranoid in the US and then come across a REAL reason to be paranoid in this forum! Bears AND cyclists with magnums, although I can see your point!

    Crazy times across the atlantic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Farrow View Post
    That's terrifying. I've just read a thread on how commuters are paranoid in the US and then come across a REAL reason to be paranoid in this forum! Bears AND cyclists with magnums, although I can see your point!

    Crazy times across the atlantic...

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    Well while the Ozarks are certainly not Alaska, I have seen Bears and Mountain Lions both of which I know attack people on bikes and playing dead does not work with Black Bears. Mountain Lions have also mauled quite a few of my Chickens, they will look at my 2 year old as food, so if I see one of them near my house I will shoot them and not regret it. When I am in NYC, I of course leave my revolver at home even though my relationship with the government allows me to carry.

    Edit: Forgot to mention the shotgun I take when kayaking/camping/hiking, while I am a good shot I do not expect 7 magnum shots to always do the trick against a bear (the head shot can be illusive when they are mad), so that is when you need the shells.

    One more note, Alaska has no *** regulations period, if I was up there I would be walking around like Clint Eastwood.
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    I know enough about Alaska to know people who carry weapons there generally have good reasons to do so - and those reasons are mainly about wildlife that are fully capable of attacking them.
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    Definitely an interesting justification for mentioning helmet use in an article - though I'm pretty sure it won't apply for most people.

    Mills, the police officer, opened a bag containing the injured girl’s bicycle helmet, which the bear had chewed up.
    It was lucky she had the helmet on, as the bear attempted to chomp her head, Sinnott said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galls View Post
    While I cycle in the Ozarks and not Alaska, I do bike with a magnum.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RCordone View Post



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    Last edited by Galls; 06-29-08 at 08:26 PM.

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    i need to get my ccw soon, i own 4 *******s, and 5 *****s. But all them are to bulky to really carry concealed, i would carry open since it's legal..but around here it could draw more trouble then it's worth. So for two leg critters i have mace just in case.

    If i was riding up in bear country all alone you damn well bet i would have at least my .357 S&W with me, with hunting load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Farrow View Post
    That's terrifying. I've just read a thread on how commuters are paranoid in the US and then come across a REAL reason to be paranoid in this forum! Bears AND cyclists with magnums, although I can see your point!

    Crazy times across the atlantic...

    Sam
    Grow up. Out in the wild, back woods you liberal anti self defense bias will just get you eaten. Why on earth would you be scared of a law abiding citizen carrying a ***? Be scared if the governement carries guns, but won't allow citizens to carry.



    The mountain lions would scare the heck out of me. A big cat would probably love to chase down and much a biker.
    Not too much to say here

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
    Grow up. Out in the wild, back woods you liberal anti self defense bias will just get you eaten. Why on earth would you be scared of a law abiding citizen carrying a ***? Be scared if the governement carries guns, but won't allow citizens to carry.



    The mountain lions would scare the heck out of me. A big cat would probably love to chase down and much a biker.
    He was.. ummm... joking. Haha... get it? Calm down friend.
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    This story makes me thankful that skunks are the most dangerous critters I have to worry about.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    Not an urban trail, as I read the story.

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    It's on the east side of Anchorage at Far North Bicentennial Park, just south of Tudor Rd and east of Abbot. About a quarter million people live in the surrounding area. It's a big park with a lot of trails, not the remote mountains.
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    uh. yeah

    Put it down and walk away slowly, sir.

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