Man Attacked by Black Bear Kills It With an Axe

Yikes indeed. The fellow is cool as a mountain lake.

I've encountered black bear many of times whilst afield (hunting, logging, hiking, etc.). There was a momma bear and cub that "lived" on our acreage for a spell. A couple encounters come to mind:

  • When first here, so early my first child was still in womb, I hiked up to mark trees for logging the next day. I hear a rustling sound and a cub comes barreling down the hill. The cute little fellow almost ran right into me. Then I see his mother tramping through the brush and I opted to bug out down the hill double quick. (I was armed only with a 7.62㎜ Tokarev automatic stuffed in a waistband.)
  • A recent winter I went and got more wood for the fire, spied the she-bear only a few yards away, mentally said "uh-oh", and raced back to the house. My wife said "That was fast ... what you see a ghost or something" to which I replied, "No, just the bear." :s0114:
 
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Seen a lot over the years. Most recent was when I was peeing into the bushes out on a hike. Suddenly these two soft, furry, black ears rise up from behind the bush. Just the ears. They twitch a second, and I realize what's happening... then, bang!, it took off running like it saw (or got pissed on by) a ghost.

My great grandfather had a bear skin on the floor. It had a bald stripe in its forehead about 8" long from the axe he burried in it when it got too close while he was chopping wood.
 

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Lived and been in the woods up here since I was 12.

I've seen exactly 1 bear. He was on a road I was driving down to go shooting at 18 and I hardly saw anything but his rear end as he dove for the brush.


I've seen a ton of scat and read enough stories though to never go out into the woods unarmed and without a big knife. Hiking trail or not...
 

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Bears and other critters are out there...
Do I overly worry 'bout them...No...

But stories like the OP and the others posted here do serve as a good reminder that wildlife is Wild...and the animals you see* when out in the forest , mountains , parks...will not behave like those in a Disney cartoon.
Andy
*Edit to add :
Or maybe more importantly do not see....
 

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Bears and other critters are out there...
Do I overly worry 'bout them...No...

But stories like the OP and the others posted here do serve as a good reminder that wildlife is Wild...and the animals you see when out in the forest , mountains , parks...will not behave like those in a Disney cartoon.
Andy
I ate some mushrooms once that made me feel funny.

The birds and squirls were talking to me but it was all kind of boring:D










Ok not really :rolleyes:
 
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I use to work w/a lady who's dad hunted/trapped bears for the Washington timber association back in the 40'/50's. Twice he was attacked, both times the bears were in traps and he was attempting to dispatch them. One was w/a hatchet, he eventually killed it but there's a pic of him sitting in a chair w/his arm in a sling and head wrapped in a bandage brandishing the hatchet in the other hand. He was only 5'5" and weighed all of 150lbs wet. He killed so many bears he got sick of it and developed a feeding system that reduced timber mortality by 80%. Since then he's been all around the world helping other countries w/bear issues (he's been passed for a number of years). It's all in a book called 'Education of a Bear Hunter', his daughter had a lot of anecdotes growing up w/hounds and eating bear about 75% of the time. She was quite the gal herself, fished the Quinalt and Queets w/her and her nephew who's a native for a few years back in the 80's.
 
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The nice thing about being prepared for an encounter with the wildlife that inhabits our beautiful lands is that you are also prepared for what I consider a much more likely threat, two legged critters up to no good or looking for a victim.
^^ This!;)


I was thinking about adding that but you covered it spot on:cool:
 
The nice thing about being prepared for an encounter with the wildlife that inhabits our beautiful lands is that you are also prepared for what I consider a much more likely threat, two legged critters up to no good or looking for a victim.
Ive seen some pretty scary lookin mushroom pickers during elk season.:eek:
 

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