ANCHORAGE — Howard Meyer saw it and his heart sank.
It was a brown bear, down on all fours in the woods. It looked like it could stand 7 or 8 feet tall, he said.
It was too close: about 30 yards away, the distance between bases in a baseball diamond.
Then, he said, the bear huffed and charged at him.
“Unprintable,” he said two days later from a hospital bed. “I thought that it was the end of my life.”
It was around 6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, on a raw spring day in the high reaches of the Eagle River Valley.