Heard this one yesterday from one of our guys who works on one of our construction contracts there. Someone from the base garrison was out walking his dog on the base premises when he was jumped by a bear.
Fortunately, he was carrying a pistol. We don't know if it was his service pistol or not, but in the end, he shot off the bear's jaw and inflicted other injuries on it. The bear died near the spot.
The man, however, suffered some serious slashing injuries to his chest. He had to be medevacked to Fairbanks.
We've had a lot of brave beasts roaming around these parts lately. There's a bear sow and two cubs that have been boldly wandering around our property, moose have been a more common sight than normal, so it's a good idea to have something to protect yourself with while hiking.
That's why I carried my .44 while exploring an island on the Tanana today. Didn't really expect to encounter bear or moose, but you never know. Saw several moose tracks, though, and plenty of evidence that the beavers have been busy.