A Minnesota bowhunter is recovering from serious injuries after surviving a brutal black bear attack over the weekend.
According to KARE 11, the attack occurred in a swamp near Duxbury early Saturday morning when a group of lifelong hunting friends set out to find a bear they had shot with an arrow.
Craig Lindstrom, one of men in the hunting party, said they shot the bear at 11:30 pm on Friday evening and waited four hours before they searched for the wounded animal.
They later found it lying down in the swamp, but it was far from being dead. The bear sprung into action and tackled one of the men.
“All of the sudden I heard him screaming — felt like 10 minutes, but was probably two minutes — literally screaming, screaming and you knew he was being mauled,” Lindstrom said.
The victim managed to fight off the bear using his hands and his knife, but he sustained several serious injuries.
“He made that thing die because he stabbed it about 20 times while it was chewing on his arm,” Lindstrom said. “He kept stabbing it and stabbing it and stabbing it and it was pounding on him, a quarter of a ton — a 525 pound bear pounding on him.”
Lindstrom, who is a firefighter, said he dressed the victim’s wounds once the bear was dead.
Incredibly, the victim managed to walk out of the swamp alive. Lindstrom said it took three hours to walk the victim a half mile out of the swamp. The man was then flown to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where he is being treated for injuries to his face, jaw, stomach legs and two broken arms.
As for the bear, Lindstrom said the group is going to have it mounted by a taxidermist.
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