Some of us are accustomed to the idea that homeless men are helpless and that they need help in everything they do. But one homeless man engaged in a legendary duel with the bear that attacked him and slayed the beast with a “spear”. The event took place in East Anchorage this Friday and has drawn authorities to investigate the matter.
The police confirmed that the bear had been killed by “a knife strapped to a wooden staff” somewhere around 11 a.m. in the area known as 8000 Boundary Ave. The homeless man, having no choice, decided that he would live or die at the hands of the predator, so he took the spear and defended himself successfully. The bear was dead and he lived to fight another day.
David Tandler, aged 49, was then cited for wildlife feeding. The extraordinary thing is that the killing was lawful given that the man’s life was in peril. This will probably teach trespassing bears not to meddle with humans in the near future.
But on a more serious note, Lisa Aquino, the Executive Director of the Catholic Social Services, pointed out that this is a major issue for homeless people. Given the circumstances, this man had no choice but to defend himself, so his act is a very normal one that should not be judged harshly. The homeless community of Anchorage is in danger if events like these continue to unfold.
Quino declared that the Brother Francis Shelter opens its doors to any homeless man or woman who wishes to spend the winter there, or stay for a longer period of time. Given the fact that “there are more homeless people sleeping out in our community than there have ever been before”, Brother Francis seems to be the perfect place for them to come, warm themselves and stay out of danger’s way.
Hopefully, the people in this community will find a way to help the homeless as well. The great winter is almost upon us, so it is best that everyone be kept safe.
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