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Fairbanks man fends off grizzly bear with fist

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Jason Lauesen and Liz Pawelko show their shredded tent Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Pawelko's back yard. The two were recently camping at Sourdough Creek Campground when a grizzly bear tried to get into their tent while they slept inside of it. The bear tore open the tent near Lauesen's head and snatched the jacket he was using as a pillow. Sam Harrel/News-Miner

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FAIRBANKS — Punching isn’t a common defense against a bear, but it seems to have worked for a Fairbanks couple awakened by a grizzly at the Sourdough Campground on the Richardson Highway.

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Sam Harrel/News-Miner

Jason Lauesen and Liz Pawelko show their shredded tent Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Pawelko's back yard. The two were recently camping at Sourdough Creek Campground when a grizzly bear tried to get into their tent while they slept inside of it. The bear tore open the tent near Lauesen's head and snatched the jacket he was using as a pillow. Sam Harrel/News-Miner

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