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Outhouse bear attack survivor was grabbed from 'throne'
cbc.ca ^ | 23 May, 2012 | CBC

Posted on 05/24/2012 11:45:23 PM PDT by marktwain

A Winnipeg man who was dragged out of an outhouse by a black bear is recovering at home with some cuts on his back and an amazing tale of survival.

Gord Shurvell, 65, was camping and fishing with a friend at a cabin by Dunbar Lake, about 60 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout, Ont., when the bear attacked him early Saturday.

Shurvell told CBC News he was in the outhouse, with the door wide open so he could enjoy the morning view, when the bear barged in.

"I'm sitting on the throne, and my feet are sort of up on the 'poopstool,' we call it," he said in an interview Wednesday.

"So I'm kicking at him to get away, but he grabbed my pants and that gotch that were down around my ankles. And that was the start of it, and he just kept coming."

When asked if the attack scared the "you-know-what" out of him, Shurvell replied, "It was already gone!"

"I'd already done my business," he added. "All the defence I had is a … piece of [toilet] paper in this hand." Survival mode

Shurvell said the bear then dragged him by the arm through the bush, and he immediately went into survival mode.

"I know if he gets me back there and I pass out, my buddy won't know … it would take too long to find me. So I'm trying to get a tree to slow him down," he said.

Shurvell's friend, 63-year-old Daniel Alexander, said he was inside the cabin when he heard the commotion outside.

"I started out of the cabin and something clicked in, and I thought 'bear.' I turned around, went back into the cabin and got the gun," Alexander said.

"In the meantime, Gord is screaming, 'Danny, Danny, Danny! It's a bear!'"

Alexander said when he found Shurvell and the bear in the bush, he initially had a difficult time figuring out how to shoot the bear and not his friend. 'Thank God that bear turned'

"Just as I started to do that, the bear dropped Gordy and turned towards me," Alexander recalled.

"The bear was down on all fours, with his head was down. And as soon as he done that, that's when I shot him, right in the head. Thank God that that bear turned."

Shurvell escaped the attack with some scratches on his head, neck and arms, as well as a puncture in the back of his head.

Shurvell was treated in a Sioux Lookout hospital and released, and he returned to Winnipeg late Tuesday. On Wednesday, he received his third rabies treatment.

Shurvell said he is grateful for Alexander's quick action, as he believes that was the reason why he survived.

As for next time, Shurvell said he will use the outhouse without the view.

"I just left it open because it was a beautiful morning and I was sitting there, enjoying looking out there. You can imagine what those sh-thouses [can be] like," he said.

"I'll probably put up with the stench and shut the door."


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: attack; banglist; bear; canada; napl
He is lucky that his friend had a gun. It would be nice to know the caliber. Only a short while ago, it would have been required to be unloaded and locked up. I may be premature, but I do not think that the Canadian police will be prosecuting the shooter, but they have gone after people who defended themselves in the past, for improper and unsafe storage of firearms, because the guns were not unloaded and locked up.
1 posted on 05/24/2012 11:45:35 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!; JoeProBono
Not a ping.


2 posted on 05/24/2012 11:52:28 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: marktwain

Hope he learned his lesson. Next time he takes a s##t he will be loaded for bear


3 posted on 05/24/2012 11:56:03 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: marktwain

I thought wild bears did their business in the woods....


4 posted on 05/25/2012 12:06:24 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: marktwain

I am so glad he survived the bear attack. All the limericks people would make up that would be appropriate for his headstone.


5 posted on 05/25/2012 12:09:36 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: marktwain


6 posted on 05/25/2012 12:11:25 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: JoeDetweiler

I thought wild bears did their business in the woods....
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Normally they do.

This is obviously a domesticated bear that had waited long enough and was afraid there would be no TP left.

But that is why they carry a bunny rabbit in their paw.


7 posted on 05/25/2012 12:13:43 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
"I SAID HURRY UP!"


8 posted on 05/25/2012 12:17:49 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: marktwain

Well, I guess that answers the age old question...

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9 posted on 05/25/2012 12:20:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: JoeDetweiler
I thought wild bears did their business in the woods....

Normally they do. But this bear reached a "two-hole" outhouse with a seemingly antagonistic occupant.

10 posted on 05/25/2012 12:44:20 AM PDT by Does so (....... Justice Scalia just turned 78 .........==8-O ............They don't think ... they PLOT!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Need Phil Harris to write a song about this. Might fill the gaps between “Woodsman, Spare That Tree” and “The Preacher And The Bear”.


11 posted on 05/25/2012 1:06:48 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: JoeDetweiler

“I thought wild bears did their business in the woods....”

I once told a forest ranger in Idaho that I would carry a spade when thevbear did!!!


12 posted on 05/25/2012 1:10:31 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: JoeDetweiler

“I thought wild bears did their business in the woods....”

I once told a forest ranger in Idaho that I would carry a spade when the bear did!!!


13 posted on 05/25/2012 1:10:51 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: marktwain
Shurvell escaped the attack with some scratches on his head, neck and arms, as well as a puncture in the back of his head.

If this guy's name was Zimmerman, he and his friend would be guilty of murder for starting the fight.

14 posted on 05/25/2012 2:30:45 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: marktwain

Cut in line on my Beatch!!!!!!


15 posted on 05/25/2012 3:11:23 AM PDT by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: marktwain

Cut in line on me Beatch!!!!!!


16 posted on 05/25/2012 3:11:42 AM PDT by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: marktwain

I wonder if the shit hit the fawn?


17 posted on 05/25/2012 3:17:13 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: marktwain

Don't go to the outhouse without it!

18 posted on 05/25/2012 4:58:17 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: marktwain

I bet he was using Charmin!!

19 posted on 05/25/2012 5:19:37 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: marktwain

Bear to guy in outhouse: “I’ve had enough s—t from you!”


20 posted on 05/25/2012 6:13:25 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: marktwain

See....this is what happens when you don’t follow the building code. Section 3b clearly states “All outhouses will have locks on them to prevent the bears from coming and dragging you off into the bushes.”


21 posted on 05/25/2012 6:38:19 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

It scared the $#!^ out of him!


22 posted on 05/25/2012 6:58:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: marktwain
At least it wasn't a dinosaur


23 posted on 05/25/2012 7:00:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ApplegateRanch; Slings and Arrows
Need Phil Harris to write a song about this.

The Bear Necessities?

24 posted on 05/25/2012 7:01:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: dfwgator; kanawa
Beat me to it.

I was going to caption: "Meh. Bears are for sissies." and ping kanawa...

};^P>

25 posted on 05/25/2012 8:42:10 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1221 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: a fool in paradise

That bears repeating.


26 posted on 05/25/2012 9:20:39 AM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Caught him with his pants down.


27 posted on 05/25/2012 9:31:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: null and void

Great story, thanks for the ping!


28 posted on 05/25/2012 3:20:10 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa
I thought you, of all people, would appreciate it...
29 posted on 05/25/2012 6:07:14 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1221 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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30 posted on 06/04/2012 6:55:21 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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31 posted on 06/04/2012 6:56:03 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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