Brian G. Harris helped to rescue Jacoba Floris from an attacking bear, Haines Junction, Yukon, July 2, 1976. While Miss Floris, 22, was hiking in a wooded area, an adult black bear weighing about 325 pounds attacked her, mauling and biting her. Another young woman alerted persons at a nearby lodge. Among those who went to the scene was Harris, 29, general helper. After the bear had been diverted from Miss Floris, Harris kept himself between her and the animal as it circled. When the bear chased another man, who climbed a tree, Harris ran to the animal and struck it with a hatchet. He then continued to divert the bear as it again began circling near Miss Floris. A man arrived with a gun and killed the bear. Miss Floris required extensive hospitalization before recovering.
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