An Alaska homeless man kills bear with a handmade spear, allegedly in self-defense. He used a machete-like blade to sharp the edges of a tree branch and then used it against a black bear cub that was sniffing for food nearby.
David Tandler, 49, claimed to have acted this way on fears the bear would attack children living in tents at a camp site for the homeless. Anchorage authorities however have stated that no children whatsoever were present at the camp site, which was already ordered to be dismantled.
But they have also determined that Tandler acted within his rights, according to Alaska’s defense of life and property law. However, he was issued a $330 citation for negligent feeding of wildlife due to the food waste and garbage around the camp, which attracted forest animals.
Even while authorities were present at the scene for their investigation, wildlife approached the camp site. Another bear had climbed a tree while police officers were present, after which it came down to circle the camp in search of food. Troopers fired rubber bullets in the air in order to scare it off.
Authorities were baffled by the manner in which Tandler single-handedly killed the bear. However, while the homeless man escaped without any legal consequences for the killing of the animal, Alaska State Troopers have taken an interest in the living conditions at the camp site for those without shelter.
Up until that point, authorities were willing to turn a blind eye to the situation, but now there are fears that if the area is left in its current state even more wild animals will venture into the town and populated regions. Moreover, authorities have also warned that the mother of the killed cub could return and pose a potential hazard for both the residents of the camp and nearby town people.
Dave Battle, a biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, has also warned against leaving out food and garbage in the neighboring forests. He urges both the homeless community and campers alike to take extra caution as this not only affects their own safety, but also that of the town.
“Whether someone is homeless or someone is out camping in the wilderness, we don’t want to see people leaving food or cooking right next to their tent,” said Battle.
It seems that after this incident, authorities will push forward with plans to dismantle the camp.
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