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With Single Blow 6-23-07

Chris Everhart (Who happened to be an ex-marine), was
camping in the Chatahoochee National Forest, located in Northern Georgia, with his three sons. All was well, until a fifth visitor decided to crash the party … a 300-pound black bear. The bear entered their campsite, rummaged through some stuff, and was heading back to the woods with the family’s cooler, when the youngest of the three sons, 6-year-old Logan, hurled a shovel at the large furry thief.

But the plan, (whatever it may have been) backfired on little Logan, as the bear apparently wasn’t too pleased with the shovel assault. It dropped the family cooler and started corning at the boy. His father, reacting on instinct, grabbed the closest thing he could find, which ended up being a log from their stash of firewood.

Everhart said he “threw it at (the bear) and it happened to hit
the bear in the head. I thought it just knocked it out, but it actually ended up killing the bear.” That’s one heck of a toss.

The incident occurred on the same weekend that an 11-year-old was killed by a bear in Utah. Everhart was given a ticket for failing to secure his camp site, said Ken Riddleberger, a supervisor for game management working for the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources.


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