"Nearly all new Alaskans or tourist hunters have this image of bears leaping through the air at them from behind every bush. It isn't going to happen."I read the above statement on another thread about carrying chambered or not, and I have read similar comments on other threads. Although it may be true some times, apparently this was not true in the Summer of 2008 in Alaska!
These were just the first few that popped up with a simple Google search about bear attacks in Alaska. I am not getting into the chambered or not conversation again, as that has been covered sufficiently in the other thread. I am saying that I am dubious that bear attacks are as rare as some lead others to believe.
If the attacks are rare or not, one should be well versed in the use of a proper rifle or handgun if they intend to get out and about in Alaska. To believe otherwise is foolish. I support anyone’s right to be fatalistic, but don’t ask me to be so. I always carry a firearm whether I am back home in the mountains of Colorado or here in Pennsylvania, and especially when I get to Alaska this summer. People are my main concern in all areas, but wild dogs, rabid animals of all sorts, and doubly so for dangerous big animals like bears or moose. You probably will not need it, but if you do, you better have it.