“Three-time Yukon Quest sled dog race champion Brent Sass says he shot an aggressive black bear while moose hunting alone near his kennel in Interior Alaska. Sass said the young bear began showing up in his hunting camp near Eureka. It once chewed up a pair of boots and, another time, climbed a tree where Sass was in a stand looking for a moose. ‘It got real close and I had to kick him down.’ Sass said he did not have bear spray and shot the animal when it later showed up outside his tent in the dark. ‘Literally unzipped the tent door and he was like 5 feet.'”
“‘His eyes were staring me in the face,’ said Sass. ‘And I yelled, ‘Hey, get out of here! Hey bear!’ And he didn’t move. I grabbed my gun and he was still just staring at me. And I was like at point-blank range. He was definitely checking me out and he was not scared,’ said Sass. ‘The look in his eye was like, ‘I’m not backing down.” Sass said he is now processing the bear meat into sausage and jerky, then he plans to get back to moose hunting” – Alaska Public Media.