A 300-pound black bear raided a family’s campsite, and the father saved his sons from harm by throwing a log at the beast, killing it with a single blow, according to The Associated Press.
Chris Everhart and his three sons were camping in the Chattahoochee National Forest in northern Georgia when the encounter occurred on June 16. The bear took the family’s cooler and was heading back to the woods when the youngest son, age 6, hurled a shovel at it.
The bear then dropped the cooler and started coming at the boy, said his father. Everhart, an ex-Marine, grabbed a log from a stash of firewood. “I threw it at it and it happened to hit the bear in the head,” Everhart said. “I thought it just knocked it out but it actually ended up killing the bear.”
Everhart was later given a ticket for failing to secure his campsite. “The key thing to learn from this is if there’s a bear around, do not have your garbage or food available,” said Ken Riddleberger, a region supervisor for the Georgia Department of Natural resources. “If we manage our food, we won’t have bears around.”