Skip to comments.Swedish Goalkeeper Injured in Bear Attack
Posted on 10/26/2013 3:34:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A top Swedish bandy goalkeeper has been left badly injured after he was mauled by a bear when he was out elk hunting in eastern Sweden.
Henrik Karlström, 20, who plays with Edsbyns IF in the elite series is more used to defending himself against bandy balls but was competing against a much larger opponent on Saturday - a bear.
"It was like a wrestling match. I lay on my back and had the bear over me," Karlström told Aftonbladet.
The attack left the shot stopper nursing deep wounds to one of his hands, injuries to his arms, a severe scratch over his face and a gash in the back of his head.
Karlström was pounced upon by the bear when he was hunting elk in a forest close to Ljusdal in eastern Sweden. He heard the bear making noises behind a bush and fired a warning shot before the animal spotted him and made an attack.
After the wrestling match with the wild animal, which he said "felt like forever," the bear finally let go.
"I don't know if it was the dog that saved me or if it was something else. I'm happy that I'm still alive," said the 20-year old.
Following the attack police dispatched a hunting unit to find the bear. On Saturday afternoon a female bear and her cub were killed under the hunting act.
"He was laying down on the ground. He was lucky," said Paul Edenström of the Gävleborg police to Aftonbladet.
Karlström is likely to miss his club's opening match of the next season next Friday against Bollnäs as his injuries won't have healed by then.
"I still have stitches in my hands but over time there won't be any problems as long as this is able to heal together," said Karlström.
According to the TT news agency there are an estimated 3,200 bears in Sweden. Bears are usually shy and tend to avoid contact with people but hunters are at a greater risk if they have a dog alongside them.
Ol’ Davy would’a kilt that bar.
"The bear then got me in a figure-four leg lock, but fortunately, I was able to slip out of it before the three count", continued Karlström
“Bears are usually shy”
Yeah, at the high school dances, the bears are always standing in the corner.
Warning shot? Moral to this story is never give a bear an even break. :-)
Bear bites can be pretty nasti.
If things like this happened during a bandy match it would make it a major international sport. Searches tell me that the sport of bandy uses rules similar to soccer and is like field hockey on skates.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.