Kodiak fisherman shoots bear in self-defense

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak fisherman beachcombing on the southeast side of the island last week shot a bear that charged him from the water.

Dan Coglianese, 35, was beachcombing Thursday for trawl floats at Cape Kaguyak, about 80 miles southwest of the city of Kodiak, when the bear charged.

Coglianese reported the incident to Mark Haglin, village public safety officer at Old Harbor. Coglianese salvaged the hide, skull and claws, then turned them to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak.

John Crye, wildlife technician with the department, told the Kodiak Daily Mirror that Coglianese ''did everything right'' in terms of reporting the out-of-season incident and salvaging bear parts.

''Everything was on the up and up,'' he said.

Coglianese said he shot at the wet bear four times, emptying his rifle. He found bullet wounds in the bear's leg and chest. He said the incident left him shaken.

''It took two hours for my lower jaw to quit quivering,'' Coglianese said. ''John (Crye) said it was probably a very big old bear, with rotten teeth and a cracked jaw.''

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