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Fate and I. June 23rd, 2012 | by Valerie  Merinda
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Fate and I. June 23rd, 2012

I have my cowgirl hat on and my 12 gauge shotgun.

The shotgun is not a "prop", It is an important item of survival here.

9 years ago, I had this very same shotgun aimed at a medium sized Blackbear [ about 300 pounds.]

I was unhooking a trailer that I had brought down with me at around 6:00AM and there he was.... Standing there looking at me.

He could not have been there more than 5 minutes before I saw him because my truck had Physically been on that spot he was standing at that time as I was turning around.

I'm glad he wasn't really hungry that day

because I would not have made it to the cab of my truck to grab the shotgun in time.

However, I did. And I had the bear In my sights I could have killed him easily at that point as he was only about 50 feet away from me.

He turned and walked uphill into the woods, I was soooooo glad that he did.

This was only about 150 feet from where I am actually sitting here, but 9 years ago this property didn't look anything like this at the time.

Heck,there wasn't even a pond here then.

Anyway, this is a pic of me and my trusty dog Fate.


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Taken on June 23, 2012