Alaska geologist mauled by grizzly grateful for training on surviving bear attacks

By Mary Pemberton, AP
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Alaska geologist survives two attacks by grizzly

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The first time the bear charged, Robert Miller had just enough time to get out his gun, squeeze off a shot and play dead before the grizzly attacked.

The first attack lasted 10 or 15 seconds and the bear wandered off, but not far enough.

Miller was trying to stand up when the bear attacked, again.

The 54-year-old geologist got two more shots off, then turned back onto his stomach and played dead again, as the bear chewed on.

Miller, who spoke to The Associated Press from an Anchorage hospital Wednesday three days after being attacked in the Alaska Range, says he holds no grudge against the bear. He’s just glad he got training on how to survive a bear attack.

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