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Man (Freeper kanawa) stabs bear to death
The Record.com ^ | Jul 22, 2006 | MELINDA DALTON

Posted on 07/22/2006 5:30:03 PM PDT by kanawa

A Waterloo man and his dog made a harrowing escape from the clutches of a vicious black bear Thursday while portaging near Wawa, Ont.

Tom Tilley, 55, killed the nearly 200-pound bear by jumping on its back and stabbing the aggressive animal with a six-inch hunting knife after his dog alerted him and distracted the bear.

"Love is a very powerful emotion and my thought right away was, 'You're not going to kill my dog,' " Tilley said yesterday.

"I really consider my dog a hero. Without that first warning I would have had the bear clamping down on my neck."

Tilley had planned on spending 12 days portaging through the area near Wawa with his American Staffordshire, Sam.

Four days into the trip, as he was making his third trip back to the water near Abbey Lake to retrieve his gear, he heard his dog growl and noticed the bear closing in on him. He said he did what he's been taught to do when a bear is close -- he starting waving his arms and slowing started backing away from the animal.

The bear moved off the trail, but a few seconds later reappeared, cutting off Tilley's escape route.

"That's when I knew I had a serious problem . . . I was lunch," he said.

Sam, who was behind Tilley before the bear moved up the trail, was now between the bear and his owner. Instead of taking an aggressive stance, the dog stood sideways blocking the bear's route.

"The bear took a few steps down the trail and clamped its mouth on the back of my dog," Tilley said. "By attracting the bear's attention like that and distracting the bear from me it gave me the quick opportunity I needed to run around to the back of the bear, get on its back and with my knife start stabbing it."

Tilley had recently purchased the knife that would save his life after reading the story of Jacqueline Perry, the young Cambridge doctor who was killed by a bear last September.

Perry's husband attempted to fend off the animal with a Swiss Army Knife -- the only weapon he had.

"When I read the report about her death, it really hit home to me that these things are possible," Tilley said.

"I owe her husband a real debt of gratitude because if I hadn't heard her story and got that knife, I wouldn't be telling this story."

After making sure the animal was dead, Tilley realized he had suffered a wound to his hand and Sam had two puncture marks on his back. He needed to get help, but was a two-day portage away from civilization.

Dragging his canoe across the short portage, Tilley paddled for about an hour before he came across a pair of Americans who happened to have a satellite phone.

They called for help and two hours later, a cargo plane arrived to take Tilley back to Wawa for medical attention.

He was treated and released from hospital.

News of his feat passed quickly through the small community, with a population of just over 3,000.

"He had a lot of cojones to do what he did," said Brenda Grundt, who operates the local news site Wawa-news.com and drove Tilley two hours back to where he'd left his van after the incident.

LUCKY TO HAVE KNIFE

"It's pretty amazing. Here's a guy that wouldn't be here if he hadn't happened to have a knife on him."

As for Tilley, it wasn't until he was back in his van alone with Sam that he took in the gravity of the situation.

"I just thanked God I was alive and that my dog was alive and cried a bit, but they were tears of thanks and relief," he said.

The Ministry of Natural Resources has sent the bear's body to Guelph and Ottawa for testing.

"It's very unusual for a bear to attack a person (and) pretty amazing this gentleman was able to kill it just with a knife," said Jolanta Kowalski, spokes-person for the ministry.

Because Wawa doesn't have a veterinarian's office and a specialist wasn't available to treat his hand, Tilley decided to push through and make the long journey home that night.

Back in Waterloo, news of his experience trickled back to amazed friends and family. Despite the danger, Tilley said the incident hasn't erased his love of the outdoors.

"My daughter says I'm not allowed to go up there anymore," he said with a laugh. " But I left my canoe there knowing I'll have to go back to get it."


Photo-BRENDA GRUNDT, WWW.WAWA-NEWS.COM


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To: HairOfTheDog

Doggie Ping?


3 woofs


41 posted on 07/22/2006 6:47:15 PM PDT by woofie
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To: kanawa

Dude - you are a badass - every guy dreams of taking down a bear with only a knife - and to save your dog on top of it, even better - nice work.


42 posted on 07/22/2006 6:49:31 PM PDT by Monti Cello
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To: kanawa

Good job! I was going to make a bad pun, but that would be unbearable...


43 posted on 07/22/2006 6:50:04 PM PDT by null and void (<----admits nothing, denies everything and makes counter accusations.)
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To: kanawa
I'm glad both you and Sam survived...

Did you carve your name on a nearby tree? ;)

44 posted on 07/22/2006 6:50:07 PM PDT by kAcknor (Don't flatter yourself.... It is a gun in my pocket.)
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To: kanawa

Wow! What a story!


45 posted on 07/22/2006 6:50:07 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: TommyDale
Yup... just like Israel trying to defend it's self, or the USA trying to defend it's self, the Liberals selectively FORGET the facts , and the fact that this person and his dog was being attacked ( like being attacked by Islamics ) by this bear, and the man was trying to protect himself and the dog.
46 posted on 07/22/2006 6:50:10 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Richard Kimball

Have you seen this story about a FReeper,his dog, and the slain bear?


47 posted on 07/22/2006 6:50:27 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: kanawa

The only question I have is "do those big balls of yours get in the way when you walk?"


48 posted on 07/22/2006 6:51:04 PM PDT by maui_hawaii
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To: kanawa

Thank heavens you and the pooch are alright. I think I'd carry a 12 gauge next time I went hiking/camping in those woods, though.

Atta boy, Sam!


49 posted on 07/22/2006 6:51:16 PM PDT by Darnright (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: kanawa
I'm still a bit on the, "Not yet awake," side and didn't realize that this is YOUR story. WOW!!

Didn't have your nunchakus with you at the time?

J/K.
Glad you and your pooch made it through this. Now go and buy a Powerball ticket while the streak is holding.
50 posted on 07/22/2006 6:51:24 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: kanawa
My mom and dad told me when I was 6 years old to never leave the house without a pocketknife and a pack of matches. You could survive in the woods with just them two items.

To this day I constantly have to leave my knife in the car when going in certain places where they aren't allowed.

I carried a pocketknife all through school, everyday. Try and do that today.
51 posted on 07/22/2006 6:51:37 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: woofie

I'll see your woofs and raise you a howl.

Great story!


52 posted on 07/22/2006 6:52:36 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: kanawa

Lump in my throat woof!


53 posted on 07/22/2006 6:53:27 PM PDT by woofie
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To: kanawa
It looks like that bear picked a fight with the wrong man and dog.
We need to pray for you in case the liberal jackals dogs come after you for harming a defenseless bear that was trying to attack you.
54 posted on 07/22/2006 6:54:00 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: kanawa

Steven Colbert would be proud!


55 posted on 07/22/2006 6:54:43 PM PDT by soccermom
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To: BallyBill

I never leave home without my Leatherman. I use it everyday.


56 posted on 07/22/2006 6:54:49 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: kanawa

Three cheers for you and Sam both!


57 posted on 07/22/2006 6:54:57 PM PDT by Ichneumon (Ignorance is curable, but the afflicted has to want to be cured.)
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To: kanawa
Whoa!

Glad to hear that you and Sam are all right. That is a tale to tell your grandkids for sure.

Sounds like the bear was stalking you.

58 posted on 07/22/2006 6:55:03 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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To: kanawa

Good thing you didn't buy a Swiss Army knife.

Buy American!

Eat bear!

59 posted on 07/22/2006 6:55:40 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: kanawa

W O W!!!

Incredible!!!

Good work!!!


60 posted on 07/22/2006 6:56:19 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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