A group of seven teens learning survival skills in the Alaskan wilderness were attacked by a grizzly bear with her cub Saturday evening. Four of the teens were injured, two badly.
The students were participating a 30-day backpacking course run by NOLS. The course is offered to students 16 and older, according to the school’s Web site , and promises participants will “become a seasoned wilderness traveler, learning how to read a map, navigate off trail, and scan the horizon for grizzly bears, black bears, moose, wolves, and Dall sheep.” The teens were hiking without an instructor because they had reached a point in the course when students set out alone.
Yet they didn't bother to include instruction in carrying and using a firearm for defense against said bears and wolves. Can they really claim this course teaches survival skills when one of the core skills of survival (self-defense) is left out?
Of course, there are those who think it's a crazy idea to carry a gun in the wilderness.