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I would have been changing my shorts after this one. Hard to believe that he was cited for this...

Bear Necessities: Black Bear Attack Stopped with .45 ACP

On Thursday night, 7 November 2019 a little after 11 p.m., at the Motel 6 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Greg Sapp was on the walkway outside of his and his wife, Vicki’s motel room on the second floor. He did not know he would be defending himself from a black bear attack in mere moments.

The bear in question encountered Greg that night while he was outside smoking. Greg was carrying his Kimber Ultra Carry II in an IWB holster underneath a winter jacket. Greg carries that pistol in the cocked and locked position in his front right jacket pocket. Greg has said that he carries no matter where he goes as long as it’s legal. Both Greg and his wife Vicki have Tennesse Concealed Carry Permits.

Here's the whole story....
https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2019/12/03/black-bear-attack-stopped-45-acp/
 

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Having faced a black bear attack on two occasions in 20 years of hiking in state forests in PA I can say it is a very frightening experience. Fortunately I was prepared fr the possibility with bear spray which did work well. But I always OC'd a 9mm loaded with FMJ. JHP is just not suited for shooting a bear even though it is better than nothing. I still hike in spring and fall, but I load +P Underwood Extreme Penetrator when hiking. It is made for such needs. Hopefully I will never get to use it.
 

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Something seems fishy there! I'll bet there is more to the story...
 
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What do you think is off in the story?
They would need probable cause to charge him with reckless endangerment. I'll bet there were some witness statements to support the charge, absent those sworn statements I doubt any DA or SA would go to bat on those charges. I would also wonder whether or not he was intoxicated or under the influence of something which would affect whether or not charges would be filed. The media doesn't always take the time to gather all[/B]the facts prior to their publishers deadline. Just my .02 worth based on my personal experience.
 

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Apparently the bear ran off and was not located. Hmmm....
 
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He shot seven or eight rounds of Federal HST .45 ACP at close range including the last three at three feet or less according to him and the bear ran off.
 

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He shot seven or eight rounds of Federal HST .45 ACP at close range including the last three at three feet or less according to him and the bear ran off.
Lots of people get shot multiple times by handguns and continue to fight, based on what I've read. I don't have a hard time believing that part. Black bears can range in size from 126 pounds to over 500 pounds. And after all, .45 ACP is a puny round!:image035:
 

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Lots of people get shot multiple times by handguns and continue to fight, based on what I've read. I don't have a hard time believing that part. Black bears can range in size from 126 pounds to over 500 pounds. And after all, .45 ACP is a puny round!:image035:

That is why I carry a .44 magnum in black bear country or a .454 Casull in brown bear country. I know a full-grown male polar bear has been killed with a single-shot ,22 rifle, but I am not that brave or adventurous.
 

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I would think a bear is a lot tougher than your average street thug. Mag dump may not have stopped it.
 

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I would imagine that not many of us would have a can of bear spray on us at a hotel. I suppose that could be something that we should have in order to stave off a dog attack also. But the can of bear spray that I have is humongous (8 oz). Can you imagine going to a store with a can of bear spray on your belt? I'm not sure if I could conceal this enormous can - especially in the summer. Also, keep an eye on the expiration date of the bear spray. Heh, good idea to carry a large caliber handgun as a backup.
 

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My Gatlinburg cousins have taken many black bears with a .22 Mag, although those were well-placed shots in the ear, not at a charging bear.
 

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Gatlinburg is a tourist town. Hard telling what kind of policies they may have. It's actually listed as conservative.


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Posted: Nov 8, 2019 / 10:41 AM EST / Updated: Nov 11, 2019 / 10:15 AM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Gatlinburg police say a man is facing charges after he shot at a bear he said was charging at him at a local motel.

53-year-old Gregory Sapp, of Hixson, Tenn, is facing charges of illegal discharge of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Gatlinburg police officers were dispatched to the Motel 6 on Ownby Street around 11:30 p.m. Thursday where Sapp told them he fired six shots at a bear that was charging at him.

Footage of the scene appears to show a small trail of blood where the bear was shot.


Sapp told WATE’s Kirstie Crawford he was standing outside his room on the second-floor smoking a cigarette when he saw the bear standing on top of a trash can less than five feet away.

He said the bear started heading towards him after his dog barked, and he was afraid the bear was about to attack him or his dog.

Sapp has a license to carry and said that he used his .45 caliber handgun to shoot the bear.

He said he fired about five or six times before the bear ran away.

Sapp said that he told police he had two 16-oz beers before the incident. He said officers administered a field sobriety test, but did not test his blood alcohol content.

Locals living near the motel said that a bear visited the area often, looking for food, but it was never aggressive.

One local, Kaitlyn Barker, said that the bear had even been close to her and her dog before, but the bear simply ran across the street in the opposite direction.

“It actually already walked with a limp. You know, to me it was harmless, but you know, to others, it’s a frightening thing. It’s a risk coming down and there’s a bear 20 feet in front of you, what are you going to do? It’s a sad predicament,” Barker said.

The bear fled the area and could not be located as of 6 p.m. Friday. The Gatlinburg Police Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency will continue their investigation into this matter.

TWRA officers said that if someone has a close encounter with a bear, the first thing they should do is look for an easy escape route, such as an easy place to take cover, a vehicle to retreat to, a stairwell to enter or a structure to go inside.

Once safe and away from the bear, they should call 911.

Officers said though that if a bear approaches you acting in an aggressive manner, and there is no escape route for you or the bear, “then acting in self-defense is understandable.”

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available
 
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