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.
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 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.
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