A hunter was attacked by a 357-pound black bear and somehow managed to survive.
A big black bear turned the tables on a Wisconsin hunter recently. Tye Carlson is an experienced hunter, but he expressed mild surprise when he found himself getting mauled by the large bruin.
Carlson and his party were chasing the bear near Wascott, Wisconsin, when it decided to turn and attack.
"Beautiful animal when he came out. Then whoops, 'I think he's going to get me,'" Carlson said. "He got me."
Before Carlson knew it, the bear was on him.
"He popped out and he wasn't going to stop," he said. "He just ran me over and started biting on me."
A determined bear
Carlson tried to push the bruin off, but even though he's a big man, the bear had little trouble tearing into him. He was bitten, clawed and beat up over much of his body.
Carlson was able to use his gun to shoot the bear multiple times, but it had no effect. Even when his party's hunting dogs arrived and engaged, the bear focused its attack on Carlson.
Finally, someone in his party was able to shoot and mortally wound the bear.
"He was going down swinging, and that's what he did. I got lucky. I got away with one. That's what I did," Carlson said.
Officials checked the bear for rabies, with the exam coming back clean. As for Carlson, he lost a lot of blood and received several dozen stitches to close the wounds the bear inflicted.
Carlson doesn't hold anything against the bear for mauling him. In fact, he speaks about the bruin with a measure of admiration.
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