Man Kills Grizzly With Hands and Teeth

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Sep 30, 2012 | By Andy


If you've seen The Edge (and if you haven't, add it to your queue), you'll recall the scene where Anthony Hopkins outsmarts a grizzly, using the animal's weight to impale itself. A spectacular scene in its own-right, but when compared to the exploits of C. Dale Petersen, one that seems downright pedestrian.

According to a commemorative plaque in a Jackson Hole, Wyoming lodge, Petersen, an experienced hunter and hunting guide and badass writ-large, killed an aggressive grizzly bear in the wild using only his hands and teeth. Teeth?!? More below ...

Rocky Mountain Grizzly Bear Jackson Hole, Wyoming This bear was taken by world famous hunter and hunting guide C. Dale Petersen of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is one of only two grizzlies known to have been killed "without" the use of modern weaponry. Verified by game biologists, Mr. Petersen killed this bear with his hands, and oddly enough, his teeth. It is known that this bear had been aggravated by a group of backpackers, shortly thereafter, Petersen, unaware of previous happenings, came upon the bear. A fight-to-the-death ensued. Petersen, having his right hand and arm wedged in the bear's throat, actually used his own teeth and jaws to pinch off the bear's jugular vein. When the bear passed-out from the lack blood flow to the brain, Petersen beat the bear in the head with a stick.


If anyone knows anything more about the Petersen or this bear, we'd love to hear it in the comments below.

Hat tip to friend of Huckberry Matt Carroll for turning us onto the story. Picture of the bear via AnimalsCamp. Picture of plaque via Flickr user AlexMeow.

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