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    Default Denali Grizzly Charges

    Howdy! I know, been awhile. All is good on this end and hope the same for you all. Just been busy with life. Here's a little catch up...

    The grizzly bear came in hard and fast from behind as we BBQ'd steaks at a wide spot on the main gravel road that passes through the heart of Denali National Park. Without barks, growls or hesitation, Tank charged forward, stopping less then ten feet from the bear and held his ground. The bear stopped dead in his tracks and didn't come any closer. We called Tank back and ordered him into the Jeep. It must have taken Ronda 30-seconds to load everything back into the rig as I dug for my camera. We yelled some more at the grizz and climbed into the Jeep. It finely walked off stiff legged only to turn a couple more times before we moved him on down the road with the Jeep. I now can confirm that fear tastes like copper for it tasted like I had a mouth full of pennies. This all took place within 30-feet of where we were both standing. The bears first stop after charging us was at a rest area just up the road where it playfully scratched it's back on one of the columns at the door of the outhouse. After viewing the pictures, it's hard to believe that this bear could hurt a fly. We all guessed it to be a three year old with not much experience with dogs. An older wiser bear? Who knows for sure what could have happened. Tank was later rewarded with a T-Bone steak and allowed to sleep on the couch back at the lodge. The BBQ "was" a tradition of ours, a treat for making the first trip of the year back into the Park. Next year it's Granola and Milk, the BBQ stays home!










    ...and Tank after a long day of crime fighting.
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    Default A few more pics...

    A few more from the Denali trip last weekend...











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    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing.

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    welcome back.. great pics

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    great pics! Thanks for sharing

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    Tull, awsome pics and even better story!
    Give Tank a milkbone or 10 for all of us. He looks happy in the couch picture!
    Great DOG!

    What a BEAUTIFUL looking Bear in the pictures.
    VERY healthy looking, and what coloring. Fantastic.
    Good other shots also.

    Can I ask what Camera?

    Great shots!

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    awesome and great pics!
    -Tight Lines & head shakin

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    Glad everyone is safe.. Awesome photos.

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    Real nice photos, Tull777!

    It looks like you had enough time to shoot and then train the bear to sit down for you

    Or maybe it's a Teddy bear from the store?

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    Default you just never know

    when something like that can happen..
    glad your story has a great ending..
    Those young bears are usually the problem guys.
    If it were an older bear,, it may have never entertained such a charge.
    I have seen those little grizzly guys do some very unusual things,, I think they are very hungry as they don't have the food think all figured out yet, they are usually on the move as they get there butts kicked by older bears that won't share their area with young bears, they act frustrated and onery.. once I was at a sockeye salmon spawning area at the outlet of a lake, there were 4 bears fishing and feeding,, an older boar, a momma and a single cub, and this 3 or 4 year old bear.. the momma bear was fishing and doing well, then sharing her salmon with her cub, the big bruin was a submarine fisherman and would dive under water and catch fish every time he went down,, the young bear had no skill at the game and could not catch a fish,, he would try to steal the other bears let overs, and get chased off.. finnally in frustration, he decided to direct his attention towards us,, we were sitting in a raft in the lake, about 75 yds from the action..this little trouble maker started woofing at us and jumping up and down on front paws,, then jumped in the water swimming towards us.. I paddled away from he with lots of vigor... he finally turned and swam back to shore,, looking like a whipped pup,, a very frustrated whipped pup..
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    Great Stories and great pictures. I had to do a double take on Tank, I think this picture shows it, but he could be our "Mack"s brother.


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    You may be right, Chris! We purchased Tank from a young couple in the parking lot at Wasilla lake last Summer. He is Mastiff and part Husky. Here are few more shots of him...











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    Nice photos but I think your dog was extremely lucky, even though you violated the park's rules:

    "Dogs must be kept on a leash while in the park and are not allowed on trails, in the backcountry, or left unattended at any time."

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    Funny how they can look so much alike and be completely different. Mack is a Pitt Bull mix rescued out of Benton Harbor Michigan.

    Tanks's actions don't suprise me. We have two Mastiffs. Meico is a 10 year old English Mastiff and must be where Tank gets his colors. She never lets her mom out of her sight and while she is a big baby, nothing better mess with her mom. My wife never gets any time alone.






    This is Jed, our Neopalitan Mastiff. Another gentle giant, completely trustworthy but can take a business attitude when necessary. We've really enjoyed the Mastiff breed and I am sure you will find that Tank will not only be a fantastic family member, but will put everything on the line for his "Pack"


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    fti, tank is a pup and we do not even let him off of the leash in our own yard. He likes to run off to the neighbors and can be dificult to retrieve. My wife opened the door to the Jeep and he slipped past her and straight to the front of the vehicle to where I was cooking. I gave him a scrap of food thinking that this would hold his attention long enough for my wife to get the leash and that's when
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    ...Tank saw the Grizzly and "Fortunately" saved the day! We have been inside the park many times over the past four years and are quite familiar with the rules!

    Thanks for your concern though!

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    Thats great news, both dogs "completely trustworthy". We like the sound of that! Tank is definitely a mommas boy and with her at every second. Better her then me. ;O)

    I gotta ask, was Mack a hyper puppy? Tank has so much energy opposite of what I expected. Can be strong willed at times which can be a bit frustrating. Probably the little bit of husky blood in him. Just a guess though. How old were they before they really start bulking up?

    Both Jed and Mack are really nice looking dogs and thanks for sharing the pics.
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    Mack is still hyper, but getting better.

    The Mastiff's are stubborn to the point you might think they are stupid, but they are actually quite intelligent, just very very stubborn.

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    Tull, can I ask what Camera you were shooting! GREAT pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arizonaguide View Post
    Tull, can I ask what Camera you were shooting! GREAT pictures.
    Sorry, I missed your question earlier. For these pictures I used a Canon 30D with the 100-400mm/IS lens.
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