Otherwise, get a good 357mag, 41mag, or 44 mag revolver. You're not going to need a ton of rounds if you're looking at defending against, or hunting, a wild animal. 6 rounds should be plenty.
I would probably go for a used wheel gun in 357...
Hk USP 45 Expert, USP 40, USP 9, SIG P226, S&W M&P9, Hk 4, Makarov, Desert Eagle 40, Beretta FS92 Centurion, Kimber TLEII 1911A1, Glock 22, SIG P225, 1943 Rem Rand 1911A1, S&W mod 64, Walther PPQ, SIG P229, Browning BDA 45 (SIG P220), Hk45, SIG P230