I could not figure out why Clyde was barking so wildly and growling at
the glass side door. There was snow on the ground and it was pitch
dark. I flipped on the outdoor light went to the door and was eye to
eye with a Brown Bear. Never having been that close to a bear, I was
unsure of what would happen next. My mind was racing on whether he
would try to come through the glass. I knew they could break out car
windows and I had just read a news article about Brown Bears in
Anchorage ripping up metal garage doors. I reached forward and locked
the door for all the good that would do. The guns were too far away to
do any good, if I ran for a gun would he come through the door glass? I
decided to stand my ground. He simply tried to stare me down. He
showded no concern but we all know who was really in charge. After a
while he simply looked away, ambled off the deck and went down the
stairs to the lower level. I immediately went around and locked all the
doors. I simply do not have enough guns for all the doors.
In the next couple of days we did a complete survey of the grounds
checking under anything he might want to den up in. I waited to check
out the unfinished garage addition until I was fully locked and loaded.
Then we had another snow and checked again for any bear prints. I was
not anxious to go out and get in the car in an unfinished garage with no
door. But then, apparently a door makes no difference to a Brown Bear.