Late this summer Alaskan resident Jim Landess, a self-professed fisherman with a limited exposure to guns and hunting, found himself face-to face with a 9-foot tall brown bear. The first time this happened the bear was convinced to seek other places to rummage. The second time, Landiss has to get more hands-on.
Located on the rugged Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, Sterling, pop. 4,705, is one of those small towns surrounded by nature that brings people to the area. More than a half dozen huge wildlife refuges dot the area and fishing for salmon is widespread, with the famous Homer fishing hole ranked as one of the best spots for angling in the world. One of these anglers is Jim Landess.
In late July, the family found its two-story home racked by a series of heavy poundings on the building by assailants unknown at 3:30 a.m. With his 17-year old son investigating and running face to face with a huge brown bear at the window, father Jim sprang into action. Grabbing his Hi-Point JHP-45 handgun, Landess fired a few warning shots to dissuade the wayward Yogi to go kick rocks.
The animal agreed to the proposition and left.
However just two hours later, the bear came back with a vengeance and, from the deck of the home, began pounding on home once more.
Now facing a threat that was not to be deterred, Landess fired seven shots at the beast.
According to the Alaska Dispatch, Landess stated the bear, once hit, "got crazy" and ran about 50 feet before it collapsed and expired.
After calling Alaska State Wildlife Troopers, they had Landess bring the skin and head in for biologists to check out.
"It sounds like he tried to scare it off," Fish and Game area biologist Jeff Selinger told the Dispatch. "You can do everything right at a residence but if the bear has learned from other places where to obtain food sources it puts those animals in close proximity around residential areas."
In a statement from MKS Supply, distributor for Hi-Point, a company representative related that, "Jim likes his not-so-pretty but effective Hi-Point pistol a whole bunch. In fact, he purchased the Hi-Point just three weeks prior to carry while fishing it is bear country! The bottom line is handgun bullets don't know or care whether they are launched from a tough, reliable, accurate $200 handgun or one that costs $3,000."