Camp Buckner 2 Aug 04
The Cadet & The Bear
My son called Wednesday evening when his company returned from OHW.
The first thing he said was boy do I have a story for you. My first
thought was what has he done now. He proceeded to tell me that he and
three of his platoon mates were assigned the task of going ahead of
their platoon to set up and recon a forward base. They had found an
area that met all their requirements and were waiting for the rest of
the platoon to show up.
My son found a trench that he could sit in and not be exposed to the
bad guys. He noticed something black that came over the hill and really
couldn’t tell what it was. All of a sudden something was coming
in the trench with him. It was a black bear. Ever since he was little
I have taken him turkey, deer and boar hunting so he is comfortable
with creatures in the woods and knows what do according to the situation.
He froze and did not move a muscle, the bear got so close, he was smelling
his boots. He could have reached out and patted him on the head, at
times like this time seems to freeze.
the bear smelled his boots he looked dead at him, he noticed that at
some point in time Wildlife Officers had caught this bear because he
had an ear tagged. His estimate of the weight of this bear was around
two hundred pounds. The bear decided that he wasn’t interested
and backed out of the trench. When he seen that the bear was out he
jumped up and yelled “get” to the bear and it started running
off with him right behind it hollering “get”. His platoon
mates heard him running through the woods hollering, “get”
to the bear. If he had moved while the bear was in the trench with him
it could have done one of two things. Due to the close quarters it would
more than likely have decided to attack with not enough room to really
run. Only weapon (besides an M-4 with blanks-useless) was a knife and
it wasn’t readily available. An experience he will always remember.
Thought I would share this story from CFT 2004 Camp Buckner.
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