Treadwell got a lot of attention for being some kind of conservationist but I think the results of his actions are self evident. Morals of the story are; you can’t be buddys with a wild bear, you can’t predict wild bear behavior and you just can’t reason with a wild bear, especially if he is hungry and you are empty handed.
Editors Note-as predicted, the amount of comments offering opinions about which firearm and which caliber is best for bear has been huge but that is not the point of the article. However, I do recognize that while a .45 may not be the best choice, it is still better than nothing in my opinion. Based on subsequent discussions I have changed my mind and my choice of handgun in bear country. I like the Smith & Wesson model 629 Comp Carry in .44 magnum or the lighter Taurus model 444 Ultralite Titanium also in .44 mag if weight is a big concern for you. Now, I know it is not a high powered rifle cartridge or a 12 gauge slug but it is handy and because it is concealable, it is something I can keep with me all the time without scaring the horses. I still plan to use my brain as my primary but learning to use these big wheel guns will give me a little more piece of mind and hopefully a fighting chance when all else fails.
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