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Man Rescues Son From Bear Attack

September 30, 2002

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) _ A man armed with a bow shot and killed a mother black bear that had attacked his son while she was protecting her cubs.

Nolan Koller heard his son, Jason Koller, 29, yell for help while the pair were elk hunting Saturday.

``When you hear your son yelling for help, there’s only one thing going through your mind and that’s, ’Get down there and save him,‴ Nolan Koller said.

He said the bear was on top of his son, mauling him. He said he immediately thought, ``I’ve got to kill her and it’s got to be a good shot.″

The 200-pound bear then got off Jason Koller and charged. The elder Nolan waited until the bear was close, then shot it through the neck.

``These guys are really good archers, but still, even at that, it was a darn lucky shot,″ said Larry Hlavaty, senior conservation officer with the Idaho Fish and Game Department.

Jason Koller was in fair condition Monday at Bannock Regional Medical Center. He had injuries to his arms, legs and head and underwent surgery Saturday.

``I was just hoping my dad could get there as quickly as possible and he did. He saved me,″ he said.

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