Hunter mauled by grizzly bear

Man hunting elk mauled by grizzly bear

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A man hunting elk last weekend in Livingston, Montana, barely escaped with his life after encountering a grizzly bear and her cub. According to Fox News, 59-year-old Bob Legasa “surprised” the grizzlies while he and his hunting partner were approaching some elk on Saturday.

The dangerous encounter

Legasa told the Associated Press that he heard a growl and realized that the mother and cub were yards away. The cub growled at the pair and then stepped out of the way as the mother bear charged. Legasa hoped that the mother was just trying to scare him, but that wasn’t the case; he told the news agency, “I was hoping it was going to be a bluff charge, and halfway through I realized it was going to be the real deal.”

Legasa tried to reach his bear spray, but the sow reached him first. In a Facebook post, the hunter wrote:

I was able to get my arm up to someone at protect my face when she knocked me over, Greg was only a few steps behind me and he was able to get his bear spray out and give one shot to the bear which stopped her and she reared up and came towards him, he was able to give her one more blast where she and her cub retreated.

In the midst of the attack, Legasa inadvertently sprayed himself with the bear spray – compounding the dangerous situation.

The damage

When the bear clamped down on Legasa’s arm, she broke it in two places. He also sustained wounds on his face from the bear’s claws. On Facebook he wrote, “All in all I am in good shape.My arm is screwed up a little and sore and the vision is good, I will be fine.”

The attack

The mother bear’s response to the hunters is not considered to be abnormal – sows are protective of their cubs. Legasa has asked wildlife officials not to put the bears down.

(Image via Pixabay)

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Amazing encounter caught on video!

Adrenaline rush!

10 replies
  1. Stephen Phillips says:

    Grateful he asked that this mother bear NOT be slaughtered, but not at all surprised (nor disappointed in any manner) that “mother nature” is stepping in with retaliation for those who kill ANY animal for sport!
    Good on ya, Momma!

  2. Lisa Zito says:

    Wow! The guy gets attacked and has his arm broken in 2 places–and asks that the bear not be put down! That is a first! I hope wildlife officials respect his wishes for the mother bear and her cub.
    May he have quick healing!

  3. pennysdachshund says:

    I HAVE TOTAL RESPECT for the UNDERSTAND THIS “GENTLEMAN” HUNTER has shown… NOW LET”E HOPE THE SAME FOR THE GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT>> LET”S HOPE the DIRECTOR is 1/2 as Compassionate toward Animals as Director Otter in IDAHO!! The Montana Director is has to understand the Bond of a Mother Bear to her Cub!!!

    • Teri Gardner says:

      Uh just as an FYI…. Otter is the Governor of Idaho and there is nothing and I mean nothing compassionate about this asshole when it comes to animal welfare!!!
      As for Gentleman hunters…Well how you can call anyone a gentleman that sneaks up on unknowing/unsuspecting animals and kills them is beyond me. It would be more gentlemanly if they armed the animals and gave them a fighting chance to stay alive…..

  4. susispot says:

    It could have ended badly for both these men. I am grateful this man could find the humor in the frightening event. Spraying himself with the bear spray sounds like something I WOULD DO! I hope the bears have moved on and won’t be killed.

  5. Dalma Bugg says:

    No sympathy from me. He has no God-given right to hunt and kill any creature for sport, no matter get the laws of the land may say. Notice how the animals are akwaysxnsde our to be the bad guy, doesn’t matter what the scenario. That’s how and why lowlifes,nincluding presidential offspring get away ith it year after year. It just has to be stopped now.


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