Pulling up on a charging grizzly is a split-second decision.
Justin Souza found himself in a sticky situation while elk hunting in Montana.
In a remarkable video, you can see a grizzly bear charge for just a second before he drops his phone.
As the camera keeps recording from the ground, you can hear the powerful shots of a .300 Winchester Magnum ring out again, and again, and again.
Watch the video below:
Souza took a lot of backlash following the release of this video. One reason might be that grizzly bears are protected in Montana. Another reason might be that many Internet keyboard warriors don’t realize how fast and deadly a charging grizzly is.
According to reports, Souza walked up on the grizzly while elk hunting and didn’t realize it. As quickly as he could, he tried to back away from the bear, but it was already too late. Thinking he was far enough away from danger, Souza then grabbed his cell phone and started recording the bear, but before he could even get a few seconds of video, the bear charged.
Here, Souza is explaining exactly what happened:
So what do you think? Was this act justified? It looks like self-defense to me.