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Bear hunting Korean style

We have all heard about the famous Korean Tiger-hunters – those brave souls who had to actually get right up on the tigers and fire their single shot and pray that it killed the beast immediately or face their own death by the claws and teeth of their prey.  But have you ever wondered how Korean hunters (armed with the same single-shot muskets) managed to kill bears?  According to William Elliot Griffis:

“Those [Koreans] who hunt bears wait for the occasion when the mother bear leads her cubs to the seashore to feast them on crabs.  Then the hunters bide their time till they see the mother lifting up the heavy rocks on edge, while the little cubs eat the crabs.  The hunters usually rush forward and assault the bear, which, frightened, lets fall the rock, which crushes the cub.”

You can read the rest of the article here – at Korea Times.