A homeowner in Colorado woke up to a scary surprise earlier in the week. According to the Associated Press, the Ken Mauldin homeowner in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, woke up to the sound of his wife yelling, “There’s a bear in the house!”
Mauldin’s wife, Kelly, was initially alerted early in the morning by the barking of the family’s dogs.
So she got up to check on the dogs but found herself staring at a male black bear that weighed approximately 400 pounds and was approximately 10 feet away in the dining area.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) August 19, 2022
In response to his wife’s cry for help, Mauldin pulled out his pistol with a 40-caliber barrel, “took his wife’s place at the door,” and fired a single shot at the bear while aiming for the animal’s chest.
Ken Mauldin, a resident of Colorado, stated that town bears in the area have lost all of their natural dread of humans. “We are in a scenario now where we have town bears who have lost all of their inherent fear of humans,”.
Mauldin believes his initial shot did strike the bear’s chest; nonetheless, the beast then charged him, and Mauldin resumed firing.
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Mauldin was able to get within five feet of the bear before it turned and headed toward the steps that led up to the front entrance of the house. After Mauldin finished emptying his pistol, the bear “crashed through a railing” and “slid down the steps, gravely injured.” He would go on to state the only thing that was going through his mind was how to protect his family and kill the bear.
Local law enforcement officers would respond to the scene and declare that the bear was in fact dead and report that the family was completely unharmed
— Alan Clendenning (@alanclendenning) August 19, 2022
Fox News shared these helpful tips to help prevent having an encounter with a bear:
To put it simply, black bears are among the most dangerous animals that can be found in North America. When they sense that their cubs are in danger, bear mothers frequently resort to extreme measures to protect them. Mauldin, a resident of Colorado, was quoted as saying to the Associated Press, “My only thought was protecting my family and putting that bear down.”
According to the website, “Bears have a stronger sense of smell than dogs and adore humans’ food.” The “primary technique” to avoid run-ins with bears, according to the site, is to “minimize any aromas or attractants on your body, campground, or property.”
“If you’re a hiker, be more careful about various kinds of scents and things that you would have on you,” such as food, deodorant, and even chewing gum, Dave Garshelis, the bear project leader at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, told the outlet. “If you’re a hiker, be more careful about various kinds of scents and things that you would have on you.”
It appears the 2nd Amendment is useful after all, despite what woke liberals have to say about it!