Good: Rabid Bear Attack in Central Virginia

Good: Rabid Bear Attack in Central Virginia

This is a discussion on Good: Rabid Bear Attack in Central Virginia within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I've been carrying my 1911.45 on our property because of bears. This just reinforced why I do that. Way too close to home. Rabid bear ...

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    Good: Rabid Bear Attack in Central Virginia

    I've been carrying my 1911.45 on our property because of bears. This just reinforced why I do that. Way too close to home.

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    Sounds more like he shot the Bear at point blank range in the neck if he decapitated it.A 120 pound bear isn't very big,must have been emaciated from the disease
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    I hear ya! Thats a scary thing! When I used to bow hunt I can across a sleeping bear. I second guessed my ability to defend myself with just that weapon and realizing that I would only get one shot if this bear charged. From that point I carried a sidearm

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    Well, I'll bet in the future the victims will have a few shotgun slugs or OO buckshot with him. IMHO, you don't take a knife to a gun fight and you certainly don't shoot bears with bird shot. But, I guess it was better than beating it to death with a stick!

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    The shotgun used was loaded with bird shot, fire when held to the head of the bear. Decapitation probably happened later. I'm surprised bird shot killed the bear. They can have pretty tough skulls.

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    Decapitation has to happen for testing of rabies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sid1 View Post
    Decapitation has to happen for testing of rabies.

    Wow! I hope I never have to be tested for rabies...thanks for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Sounds more like he shot the Bear at point blank range in the neck if he decapitated it.A 120 pound bear isn't very big,must have been emaciated from the disease
    His shot didn't de-capitate the bear, the common method to check for rabies is to remove the head and send it for testing.

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    Kind of foolhardy of them to have a shotty loaded up with bird shot(unless they were hunting, while working/ though doubtful) instead of slugs or 00.
    Sounded like a tense few moments.
    Bear was most likely de-capped after the fact, to facilitate testing.
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    Bears are not on the list of frequent rabies carriers here: Most Common Rabies Carriers | LIVESTRONG.COM

    This is why rabies exposure and vaccines are critical:

    Mammals are the only natural vectors for the deadly virus rabies. The disease is spread among mammals through the saliva and typically associated with a bite. The virus travels the body to the brain via the nervous system, and therefore its incubation period is proportional to the distance from the bitten area to the head. The symptoms of rabies generally don't appear until the disease reaches the brain and often just a few days before imminent death. Therefore, any person that has been in contact with a rabid animal should be examined by a physician in a timely manner. tests are not available to diagnose the disease prior to the onset of symptoms; however the available treatments are successful when rabies is caught early.
    Frequency of vector:

    Bats
    Skunks
    Racoons
    Wild canids
    And cats, dogs, cows, ferrets, goats, horses, rabbits, beavers, monkeys and woodchucks.

    It is important to remember however, that any mammal is capable of hosting and spreading the rabies virus.

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    Just "over the hill" from where I live. Those boys were very lucky. They probably had the shotgun because of Turkey season. Another time of year and this story would have turned out with a very different ending I think.

    I don't believe this will be the only rabid bear found. The area has the highest concentration of black bears in the state of Virginia.
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    Rabid bears are the last thing we need in my area. I hope this was an isolated incident but I will be more alert in the future. I'm glad this was posted.
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    Regular bears are scary. Rabid bears most be terrifying
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Sounds more like he shot the Bear at point blank range in the neck if he decapitated it.A 120 pound bear isn't very big,must have been emaciated from the disease
    As I read the story the bear was decapitated after having been shot and killed, and the head was sent to the lab. I do not read the story as saying the shotgun blast decapitated the bear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INccwchris View Post
    Regular bears are scary. Rabid bears most be terrifying
    Agreed!

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