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    First recorded report of Marine killing bear barehanded

    Ooooooo-effin'-rahhhhhh!!!!!

    Dad takes down hungry bear with firewood

    By D. AILEEN DODD
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    : 06/22/07

    It's a feat of bravery worth boasting of on a T-shirt: Chris Everhart clobbered a black bear to save his three sons.

    "He killed a bear with his bare hands," bragged Everhart's oldest boy, Jake.
    NICK ARROYO
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    Chris Everhart (at home in Norcross on Wednesday) saved his 6-year-old son Logan from a charging 300-pound male bear by throwing a piece of firewood at the bear's head. The bear dropped dead.

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    Yes, his bare hands and a sturdy piece of firewood thrown just right. And that's no campfire tale.

    The male bonding trip to the Chattahoochee National Forest near Helen on Father's Day weekend is one this family won't soon forget. It was Everhart's first camping trip with his sons outside the wilderness of their Norcross backyard.

    Everhart had planned on spending some quiet time with his sons Jake, 11, Kyle, 9, and Logan, 6. But their vacation at Low Gap Creek campground was interrupted when a hungry 275-pound female black bear showed up after dinner was served. Everhart's heroism in the 30 seconds that followed thrust the unassuming AT&T technician and former Marine into the national spotlight.

    "I was doing what any parent would do," shrugged Everhart, a rugged outdoorsman. "Heroes are firefighters jumping out of burning buildings. I just got lucky."

    The family was roasting marshmallows when their unexpected guest arrived. It was about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The fish weren't biting that day, but the bears were out. The clanging of pots and pans could be heard for miles as people tried to scare off the animals.

    So when the Everharts heard some rustling near their cooler they jumped to their feet. The dad picked up some pots and pans to bang. Everhart's most adventurous boy, Logan, 6, grabbed a large shovel and charged at the animal.

    "He was like a knight with a spear," said Jake.

    The bear was trying to slip away with the cooler in her teeth.

    "Once the bear saw Logan, he dropped the cooler and started coming at Logan," Everhart said. "[The bear] was growling."

    Everhart quickly ran to his truck and grabbed the first thing he could get his hands on a hefty piece of firewood. He said his pistol and his hunting knife were packed away.

    He hurled the log and knocked the bear in the head. The hungry heavyweight went down in one blow.

    Everhart's boys stood frozen in their tracks as the animal fell.

    "I'm a pistol shooter," Everhart said. "The hand-eye coordination is all the same thing."

    He rushed his boys inside his Jeep to take cover. But the bear remained quiet.

    Campers nearby ran to the scene. Department of Natural Resources officials came soon after.

    Investigators had come to the campgrounds to arrest another man who tried to run down a bear with his car. Officials said he was charged with a DUI.

    The investigators told Chris Everhart that his bear was dead and carted it away. Everhart and other campers had reported seeing a bear and three cubs in the area.

    Everhart was later issued a $75 ticket by the U.S. Forest Service for failing to store his food properly "to prevent access by wildlife."

    DNR officials said bears generally shy away from people. But because of the extended drought, bears have been more aggressively searching for food.

    Chris Everhart and his sons are planning another camping trip, maybe to the same spot. However, Everhart says his ex-wife, Tracy Everhart, whom the boys live with in Lawrenceville, doesn't share their enthusiasm.

    The youngsters now think their dad is braver than Luke Skywalker. "That's all done with special effects," Jake said. "He killed a bear with his bare hands. He's pretty tough."


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    Everhart was later issued a $75 ticket by the U.S. Forest Service for failing to store his food properly "to prevent access by wildlife."
    Hell yeah you got to protect your kids! "My boys are alive. 75 bucks? sure, here you go Sir!"

    Here's Everhart and one of his kids:



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    Good for him!

    That having been said, I understand why he got the ticket. Good on him for taking it like a Marine and a real man.


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    $75.00 is a low price to pay for the safety of your children! Semper Fi Marine!


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    This has a much better ending than the bear story that happened here in Utah where a 11 year old boy was killed by a bear last week.


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    Im surprised the the progressive commie libs havent passed legistlation requiring Rules Of Engagement and permission from DOF before attempting to defend yourself, oh well Im sure that they will soon.

    Jim



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    I'm sure that legislation is just around the corner. "For our own good", don't ya know?


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    Strike One!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NOW THEM ARE SOME BRAGGING RIGHT'S,TO BE ABLE TO OWN UP;TOO. SNUFFING A WILD BEAR'S AZZ WITH A PIECE OF FIRE WOOD!!!THIS GUY,NEED'S TO START PITCHING FOR THE BOSTON REDSOCK'S;THERE ARE A FEW N.Y. YANKEE'S THAT NEED CRACKING IN THE FRIGGING HEAD.


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    FISTFU68------------Do not say bad things about my Yankee's.


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    Strike Three And You'r Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (LMFAO) SGT.YOUNG,YOU'R YANKEE'S NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET;A 98 MPH.FASTBALL HIGH & TIGHT,MIGHT GET THE STEROID BRUTHA'S BACK ON TRACK???I'M TIRED LOSING MY $$$ BETTING FOR THEM!!!


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    Fist++++++++++++++==========Just think if you had bet 1,000.00 on the Yankee's every game from the 1920's till now you would be a rich man now.


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