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Girl with congenital heart defect shoots 335-pound bear


Junction City (WQOW) - Bear hunting season is slowly coming to a close in Wisconsin, and one young girl took advantage of it, killing a 335-pound bear.

11 year old Kaitlynn Bessette was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease when she was born, causing her to need a heart and liver transplant. She's still waiting for that. But that hasn't stopped her from doing what she loves most, hunting and fishing. A wish of hers was granted last Saturday when Kaitlynn went out on a bear hunt in Junction City. She says she was expecting to go home empty handed, but that wasn't the case. With one shot to the heart, Kaitlynn got this 335 pound black bear. 

"When I looked through that scope I didn't see it as a bear. I saw it as a 300 pound lion that's about to attack you so I held the gun as steady as I could, I turned my head and then I shot," says Bessette.

The hunt was made possible by the United Special Sportsman Alliance. It's a program that helps children with disabilities do the things they've always wanted to do.

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