Elk hunter survives grizzly encounter By JOHN MORGAN Star-Tribune staff writer Staring almost certain death in the face, an elk hunter from Buffalo narrowly avoided becoming prey to an aggressive grizzly bear in the Tetons recently. Gary Kramer, 47, was hunting elk on Pacific Creek in the Teton Range late last month when he heard an "explosion of noise" from the trees and saw a huge grizzly charging straight at him. "I can't fully describe the feeling I had," Kramer told the Buffalo Bulletin. "I raised my rifle and yelled at the top of my lungs." The bear stopped its charge 15 feet from him and moved to the side, but kept staring intently. Kramer backed away down an incline and out of sight. The bear suddenly gave a loud roar and charged at Kramer again, stopping less than 10 feet from him. "It came over the incline so fast I couldn't believe it," he said. "It was absolutely terrifying. I was so close I could almost reach out and touch it." The bear changed its mind and went back over the bank, and Kramer was able to return to camp without further incident. If the bear was trying to scare Kramer away from its territory, it worked. Kramer doubts he will ever return to the area and now will probably hunt in the Big Horns, which is not a part of grizzly habitat.