Problem Tahoe Bear Surprised by Aggro Human

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 02 July 2018



Problem Bear Surprised by Aggro Human

Man fights off bear in Fallen Leaf Lake cabin,
Sierra Sun, July 2, 2018.

Surprising the human survived...

“I turn around and I’m three feet from a bear. I blast the horn, the bear goes up on its hind legs, so fight or flight, right? Adrenaline is pumping and there is no flight available — I’ve closed the door behind me,” recalled Bolton. “The bear lunges at me and I did a jump kick and hit him square in the sternum and knocked the bear backwards, but not very far. It was a big bear.”

"Startled, the bear went back down on all fours and headed to find another way out. Bolton opened the front door and got as far away as he could so the bear could eventually run out the front door."

“I know how fortunate I am to be alive right now,” said Bolton, who got away with a few scratches on his leg from a swipe of the bear’s claws when he kicked it."

“I’m all for bear proofing and don’t give them access to food. This is not their natural food source,” said Bolton. “I am just impressed with their strength. The muscle. If I had kicked a man like I did with all of that adrenaline, he would have been knocked back 12 feet. It only made the bear step back once."




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