A Department of Public Safety report dated 10/21/1995 shows that Al Gross and his hunting partner, Jeff Jones, both shot and killed a bear that snuck up on them. The report was obtained by the Landmine through a public records request. According to the report, that was filled out by Jones, he heard a “blood curdling scream” from Gross followed by “bear.”
Here is the description from Jones in the report:
You can view the entire report here.
Gross has highlighted his killing of a bear in several campaign videos and commercials. He never stated he was with someone else.
Julia Savel, Gross’ Communications Director, provided the following statement to the Landmine when asked about the report:
Instead of doing anything to extend COVID relief, lower the costs of prescription drugs, or make healthcare affordable for Alaskans, Dan Sullivan instead is focusing on a 25 year old hunting trip. Dan Sullivan is just admitting to Alaskans that he has no plan to deliver results for Alaskan families at a critical time for the state and country. What a shame.
Al killed the bear in self defense, reported the incident and the case was closed. Believe me, if Dan Sullivan came across that bear in 1995 he would have been back at his parents’ mansion in Ohio quicker than he could say “department of public safety.”
The Landmine has not communicated or spoken with the Sullivan campaign about this story. We did reach out to to the Sullivan campaign after obtaining the report for comment. The story will be updated if and when they respond.
Update: Matt Shuckerow, Sullivan’s Campaign Manager, provided the following statement:
The Gross campaign’s statement is a joke and so is the person who wrote it. In October 1995, Dan Sullivan was stationed at Camp Pendleton preparing for a six-month deployment to the Asia Pacific as an active duty Marine Corps infantry officer in the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
As for the bear, I’m not surprised the Anchorage Daily News and other news organizations began looking into this now questionable story. Al Gross has told tall tales for years and they’re finally beginning to catch up with him.