Skip to comments.Man mauled by grizzly kills bear, lives to tell tale
Posted on 06/07/2008 9:36:22 PM PDT by george76
A man from B.C.'s Interior not only survived being mauled by a grizzly he killed the bear as well.
John Shorter, 38, was hiking near Dease Lake in Northern B.C. Tuesday when he said he smelled a bear in the area.
"I heard a woofing sound, turned, seen a grizz coming at me. I managed to get my rifle up and get one round into the chest. At that point he got on top of me, obviously, and took me down," Shorter said. "He proceeded to try to maul me in the back of the scalp and on the neck, and I protected my neck with my hands. They got fairly chewed up."
The bear was biting at his hands, which were covering his neck, so he dropped his rifle. He scrambled to get it back, eventually putting some distance between himself and the bear.
He shot the animal a second time, this time killing it.
"You just put yourself in overdrive and try and not get yourself killed," Shorter said. "It's an amazing amount of adrenaline going through yourself. You get lots of thoughts going through your mind but you think about, obviously, your family and it's worth living, so fight."
I noticed my shoulder was dislocated. I managed to pop it in myself and thought I'd better go and get some help,"
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Any good ?
When you go bear hunting, you must remember that sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you.
I’ve done alot of hiking/camping in remote British Columbia...always worried about running into one of these bears...saw some giant fresh footprints once...and a recent kill...fur everywhere, above in the trees, on the ground, at the side of the trail...just two hooves left. Think it was a deer. Yikes.
"... I noticed my shoulder was dislocated. I managed to pop it in myself and thought I'd better go and get some help..."
It's official. We have found the one man tougher than Chuck Norris.
I bet Mr John Shorter clanks when he walks!
Well, there are worse things...like getting mauled by the IRS.
HULA HULA RIVER — No one will ever know how Richard and Kathy Huffman came to be killed by a grizzly bear along this river in late June.
It is clear the attack by a healthy, 9-year-old male bear was not the fault of the Anchorage couple. They kept a clean camp. They pitched their tent where they could see bears coming and where the bears could see them to avoid confrontation. They stored their food in bear-proof containers.
And they carried a gun just in case all of these bear avoidance efforts failed and they had to defend themselves.
They were killed by a bear anyway, and authorities said the dead rafters had done everything right. That is true, but there are also things they could have done differently.
“If they did everything right, and they died, what’s the message we’re giving the public?’’ wondered bear biologist Tom Smith last week. “You can’t do anything about this?
“Well, one thing I can do is camp in two tents.’’
Because grizzly bears are significantly more powerful than black bears and can kill as easily by accident as by design, it was long assumed that these bears were less prone to hunt humans than are black bears.
Smith, however, says the data indicates the opposite.
“If we factor in that there are at least three times more black bears in Alaska than brown/grizzlies, we see that brown/grizzlies have actually had more than double the predacious events per 1,000 bears than black bears,’’
“I noticed my shoulder was dislocated. I managed to pop it in myself and thought I’d better go and get some help...”
At least his brains weren’t hanging out afterward.
I’d say he is probably British.
Well, I NEVER!
HAY, another bear survival story
‘I noticed my shoulder was dislocated. I managed to pop it in myself and thought I’d better go and get some help.’
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