Heroic 11-Year-Old Boy Shoots Charging Bear And Saves Family From Attack
While all the other 11-year-old boys in the world are flicking fidget spinners, 11-year-old Elliot Clark is defending his family by taking out bears. The brave little lad took matters into his own hands when a charging bear attacked his family. The heroic boy shot the bear dead as the beast attempted to attack him.
We take you to Hoonah, Alaska where young Elliot was on a fishing trip with three relatives and three dogs. While walking to a nearby fishing hole, a brown bear raced out of the woods and charged the family. The bear totally surprised the group, and was on Elliot’s uncle and managed to knock down the other adult in the group.
“There was four of them in a line … my son was third,” Elliot’s father Lucas Clark told Juneau Empire. “The bear came down the trail at them, fella in the front, who was his uncle, the bear was on him so quickly that he didn’t have time to take his rifle off his shoulder.”
With the other family members incapacitated, Elliot was the only one left with a gun. He took a pump-action shotgun off his shoulder and fired at the bear.
From the Juneau Empire:
The bear ran through the first two men, who were pushed to the side of the trail, leaving Elliot Clark in front of his unarmed cousin. The boy raised his pump action shotgun and shot the sow, hitting it with birdshot, which is often used just to scare bears off, Lucas Clark said.
“His first shot was a light load of birdshot. That first shot hit him in the shoulder and did absolutely nothing. The next shot hit him in the nose and traveled down through the neck,” Lucas Clark said.
The third shot went into the bear’s shoulder and his back, dropping it to the ground. The bear was so close when Elliot hit it with his third shot, there were powder burns on the bear’s mouth. Still alive, the bear then slid by Elliot’s feet.
“As the bear slid past him and came to a stop, he put a kill shot it him,” Lucas Clark said.
Stoltzfus finished it off with another round.
The bear was inches away from Elliot and was still able to not panic. Incredible. Most 11-year-olds would have thrown their fidget spinner at the beast, shit their pants, and run away crying. In that order.