Wrangell Sentinel -

The Way We Were


June 27, 1941: Roused by the frantic barking of his thoroughbred bear dog, Trixie, Jeff Rees, Canadian Customs officer stationed at the boundary above Wrangell on the Stikine River, rushed to the window of his home to find the place surrounded by bears. From out of the trail back of his house walked a huge mother grizzly bear and three cubs, two youngsters and one yearling. Rees, who doesn’t care for such intimate company with big grizzlies, got his gun but found he had only four shells. He drew careful aim on the cubs, killing the two younger ones and injuring the yearling which ran back...

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