There are stories of survival, then there are stories of surviving a wolverine attack in the sub-zero Alaskan wilderness.
In Alaska, people just do things differently. Alaskan man, Craig Johnson, was just about to the halfway point of his 80-mile snowmobile ride to visit family for the holidays when disaster struck.
Johnson’s snowmobile crashed through the ice over a frozen lake, but before he went down with the sled, he was able to pull himself out, soaked in water. If that wasn’t bad enough, a hungry wolverine caught his scent.
At some point during the walk, Johnson fired all of his warning shots but failed to scare away the hungry wolverine. At that point he resorted to a stick for protection. Luckily, he was able to find a wooden box and climbed inside for shelter. Johnson talked about his harrowing experience with the wolverine saying:
You could hear it on the ice, just playing with me, toying with me.
With temperatures falling to -35 at night, and rescue helicopters flying all around the area except where he was located, Johnson thought it was coming to the end.
He said, “That third night when they passed right by me – not even 200, 300 yards – that’s when I lost hope.” Johnson continued, “I just laid back down in that box I was in. It just felt like that was an open grave for me.”
A search team led by Johnson’s cousin, Clifford Benson, was finally able to find him before it was too late. All signs of Johnson had been erased by pounding wind and snow but his screams were still able to be heard, which allowed the rescue team to find him.
Johnson was treated with frostbite but will survive.
“I almost gave up, but I couldn’t give up,” said Johnson. “I had to do it for my boys, my family. I think it’s a miracle that I’m alive.”