. . . for various values of 'exciting', of course.
A Homer [Alaska] man shot and killed a charging sow brown bear at Humpy Creek last Friday. Kim Woodman, 57, shot the bear five times with a 10mm handgun before the bear fell about 6 feet from him. While backing away from the sow, Woodman fell and accidentally shot himself in the left foot.
Woodman was able to get to his skiff and return to Homer, where he checked into the South Peninsula Hospital emergency room. Woodman had no injuries from the bear, said Jack Blackwell, area superintendent of Alaska State Parks, Kenai-Prince William Sound region.
Blackwell said Woodman surprised a brown bear with two cubs while hiking about 4 p.m. July 29 off the trail along the southwest fork of Humpy Creek in Kachemak Bay State Park. The bears were probably feeding on pink salmon in the creek. Woodman filled out a defense of life and property report, and Park Ranger Jason Okuly and Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jason Herreman went to the scene and found the dead sow bear. They reported the sow had two gunshot wounds, one below the right eye and one in the chest.
They recovered the skull and paws to prevent trophy looting. The carcass was about 6 feet from where Woodman tripped.
“It was fairly close,” Blackwell said.
There's more at the link.
Six feet? That's halitosis range as far as big bears are concerned! I'm not surprised he shot himself in the foot when he fell - he was probably still trying to get a bead on the bear, and didn't notice that his foot was suddenly in the way. The heat of the moment will do that to you . . . Also, according to the article, this wasn't Mr. Woodman's first deadly encounter with a brown bear. I suspect he was trying to make absolutely sure that he survived this one, too!