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This is "BULLY" after his RUN-IN accident with a brown bear that I call "Girty". The way it happened was that as everyone knows or should know, in the bear world, like other animals, such as wolves,dogs and the like, there is a pecking order. Bears are no different, when it comes to brown bears fishing in any river in Alaska, or any other river where there are salmon and bears are present. Along the Russian River, which dumps into the Kenai River, it seems that the mother sows with cubs and the very young adolescent bears, stay close to the confluence of the two rivers. As you go up river it seems the larger bears you will find…. we are talking about bears that I have seen up river weighing around 800 lbs. or better. It was on one of my trips up river, following and photographing bully as he would do so many times before and when he came to a certain spot in the river, then he would turn around and head back. But on this day he just continued up river till he got to the Lower Russian Falls where the fishing is at it's best because it is where the salmon have to travel up over the falls to get up river. At the bottom of the falls is a great big pool where salmon rest just before going up river and I have seen, at times over 4,000 salmon in this pool. When Bully got to the pool, I bet he thought he struck the mother load of all Salmon and he treated it the same too. As Bully was treating himself to all this salmon and not paying any attention to anything…… here comes Girty down the hill and this is Girty's fishing hole. Girty does not share and she jumped right on top of Bully and both bears went to the bottom of the pool, then came up out….. Girty gave one swipe with her large paw to the left side of Bully and now you see the results. I don't normally show images of injured animals, but in this case I did because Bully lived through it all. This is what happens when bears don't follow the pecking order, they learn an important life lesson.

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