Kenai River Bear Cub Rescue!
Three Soldotna fishermen on the Kenai River had an unexpected heart-pounding adventure last weekend that didn’t involve fish.
Mike Polocz of Soldotna (owner of Alaska’s H2O Pros), his son Dustin, and Charles Mettile came upon a bear cub struggling in the river, exhausted and almost drowned. The mother bear was on land nearby, but the three fishermen decided they couldn’t just watch the little guy drown, so they set to work to try to push the cub out of the eddy in which it was trapped, and safely to the waiting paws of mother bear.
Much of the event was captured on video, but it cuts out before the cub wearily paddled to shore and climbed out of the water.
“My son Dustin and Charles Mettile were in the boat with me that day and it was a total team effort on saving this little guy,” Polocz commented. “Charles has lived here over 30 years and said he had never witnessed anything like it.”
Once on dry land it gave out another loud cry. The sow locked onto the sound and came crashing through the woods to reunite with her offspring. Polocz said it was an emotional moment for everyone watching.
“There were three pretty tough guys in the boat, and there wasn’t a dry eye among us,” he said.
No wonder Alaska’s H2O Pros sign is a smiling bear! The business is described on the website like this:
As your hometown Alaskan family owned and operated water treatment experts, it is our promise to every customer to provide them with the best and most cost effective solution to their specific water issue(s).
I think they can safely say they’ve found the best and most cost effective solution to someone’s specific water issue. And hopefully the little guy will stay in the shallow water next time.