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    Man vs sow Griz

    Yesterday morning SW Montana..

    Montana man documents moments after grizzly bear attack

    his full Facebook post:

    Hello everyone.
    Thought I should share yesterday morning's Grizzly incident.

    I took an early morning hike in the Madison valley to scout for elk. Knowing that bears are common throughout southwest Montana, I hollered out "hey bear" about every 30 seconds so as to not surprise any bears along the trail.

    About three miles in, I stepped out into an open meadow and hollered again. A few more steps and I spotted a sow Grizzly bear with cubs on the trail at the upper end of the meadow. The sow saw me right away and they ran a short distance up the trail. But suddenly she turned and charged straight my way. I yelled a number of times so she knew I was human and would hopefully turn back. No such luck. Within a couple seconds, she was nearly on me. I gave her a full charge of bear spray at about 25 feet. Her momentum carried her right through the orange mist and on me.

    I went to my face in the dirt and wrapped my arms around the back of my neck for protection. She was on top of me biting my arms, shoulders and backpack. The force of each bite was like a sledge hammer with teeth. She would stop for a few seconds and then bite again. Over and over. After a couple minutes, but what seemed an eternity, she disappeared.

    Stunned, I carefully picked myself up. I was alive and able to walk so I headed back down the trail towards the truck 3 miles below. As I half hiked and jogged down the trail, I glanced at my injuries. I had numerous bleeding puncture wounds on my arms and shoulder but I knew I would survive and thanked god for getting me through this. I hoped the bleeding wasn't too significant. I really didn't want to stop to dress the wounds. I wanted to keep moving and put distance between us.

    About five or ten minutes down the trail, I heard a sound and turned to find the Griz bearing down at 30 feet. She either followed me back down the trail or cut through the trees and randomly came out on the trail right behind me. Whatever the case, she was instantly on me again. I couldn't believe this was happening a second time! Why me? I was so lucky the first attack, but now I questioned if I would survive the second.

    Again I protected the back of my neck with my arms, and kept tight against the ground to protect my face and eyes. She slammed down on top of me and bit my shoulder and arms again. One bite on my forearm went through to the bone and I heard a crunch. My hand instantly went numb and wrist and fingers were limp and unusable. The sudden pain made me flinch and gasp for breath. The sound triggered a frenzy of bites to my shoulder and upper back. I knew I couldn't move or make a sound again so I huddled motionless. Another couple bites to my head and a gash opened above my ear, nearly scalping me. The blood gushed over my face and into my eyes. I didn't move. I thought this was the end. She would eventually hit an artery in my neck and I would bleed out in the trail... But I knew that moving would trigger more bites so a laid motionless hoping it would end.

    She suddenly stopped and just stood on top of me. I will never forgot that brief moment. Dead silence except for the sound of her heavy breathing and sniffing. I could feel and her breath on the back of my neck, just inches away. I could feel her front claws digging into my lower back below my backpack where she stood. I could smell the terrible pungent odor she emitted. For thirty seconds she stood there crushing me. My chest was smashed into the ground and forehead in the dirt. When would the next onslaught of biting began. I didn't move.
    And then she was gone.

    I tried to peek out without moving but my eyes were full of blood and I couldn't see. I thought that if she came back a third time I would be dead, so I had to do something. Staying in position on the ground, I slowly reached under my chest to grab at the pistol I was unable to get to earlier. I felt I needed something to save my life. The pistol wasn't there. I groped around again but nothing. I wiped the blood from one eye and looked around.
    No bear.

    The pistol and holster were lying five feet to my left. The bear's ferocious bites and pulling had ripped the straps from the pack and the holster attached to it. Now trashed, that backpack may have helped prevent many more serious bites on my back and spine.
    I picked everything up and moved down the trail again. I couldn't believe I had survived two attacks. Double lucky!
    Blood was still dripping off my head and both elbows and my shirt was soaked to the waist and into my pants. But a quick assessment told me I could make it another 45 minutes to the truck without losing too much blood.
    I continued the jog just wanting to put more distance between that sow and I.

    At the trailhead was one other vehicle. I really hoped that person didn't run into the same bear.
    I snapped a couple quick photos and a video of my wounds, laid some jackets over the truck seat and headed for town. I stopped a rancher along the way and asked him to make a call to the hospital. When I got into cell service, I made a quick call to my girlfriend to ask how her morning was going, before freaking her out and asking her to bring me a change of clean clothes to the hospital.
    Another call to 911 and I gave the operator a quick run down of my injuries and asked her to call the hospital and give them a heads up that I was ten minutes out.
    Moments later I was met at the front door by the doctor, nurse and an officer. I had to ask the officer to open the door, put my truck in park, and unbuckle my seat belt. My left arm was useless. He was impressed I had taken the effort to buckle.
    Once inside, the x-rays revealed only a chip out of the ulna bone in my forearm. Following was eight hours of stitching to put me back together. Most were arm and shoulder punctures and tears. A 5" gash along the side of my head will leave a nasty scar, but I'm hoping my balding doesn't come on too quickly and leave that one exposed.
    And finally, this morning, numerous deep bruises and scrapes are showing up from the bites that didn't quite break the skin. Dark bruising in the shape of claws, line across my lower back and butt where the bear stood on me. Also a few more chest bruises and facial abrasions from being smashed and slammed into the ground.

    Not my best day, but I'm alive.
    So thankful I'm here to share with all of you.
    In a couple weeks I will have to clean out the truck a little better. My girlfriend says it looks like I had gutted an elk in the drivers seat.

    Todd Orr. Skyblade Knives.


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    I read that today from a friend.....amazing story and so lucky. reminded me of the Renavent....like almost exactly...but less than Leo Dicaprio's mauling...
    Terje was right.

    "We're all kooks to somebody else." -Shelby Menzel

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    damn- read about this this morning too- the head pic is incredible. can only look at it for like half a second though before getting nauseous
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    Who stops to take selfies before driving to the hospital after being attacked by a bear, or calls his girlfriend for new clothes?

    Reminds me of this . . . guy comes to the ER after being stabbed 20 times at Vacaville Prison by another inmate. One wound was nearly fatal--punctured the subclavian artery, 2 quarts of blood in his chest. Months later I had to testify in the other inmates trial. Before the trial I meet with the DA. He shows me 15 pictures the CO's had taken of all the wounds from every angle, with the victim turned to various positions. All of the photos were taken before they started an IV, gave him oxygen, or placed a chest tube.

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    He had a gun but didn't use it? I would of had it in my hand after the first attack.

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    Already been a few bow hunter/griz attacks this season. Not gonna Monday morning QB but I'm pretty sure that trail was fairly recently(couple weeks maybe) closed due to a potentially wounded bear. This area and the gravelly range directly across Valley pretty much always have a couple attacks every season.

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    I've met this dude on the trail before. Good guy. Glad he'll live! FKNA crazy thing to experience.
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    Glad your buddy survived being a momma Griz chew toy.

    I am possibly dying but must take selfie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DasBlunt View Post
    I read that today from a friend.....amazing story and so lucky. reminded me of the Renavent....like almost exactly...but less than Leo Dicaprio's mauling...
    I was thinking the exact same thing
    'To quote my bro
    "We're not K2. We're a bunch of maggots running one press at full steam building killer fukkin skis and putting smiles on our friends' faces." ' - skifishbum '08

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    I've met this dude on the trail before. Good guy. Glad he'll live! FKNA crazy thing to experience.
    Yeah, met him a few times through a circle of friends. Good dude who got very lucky that day. A buddy called me to tell me about the attack. Crazy shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaNosser View Post
    I was thinking the exact same thing
    You and thousands of others who saw that movie.

    Subset: the rightwingers who also wondered if mama griz raped him with a strap-on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baby bear View Post
    damn- read about this this morning too- the head pic is incredible. can only look at it for like half a second though before getting nauseous
    Check out his FB page, video is in there and he shows his arm w/ a flap of skin dangling off of it.

    Dude was pretty calm for what he went through, not sure I could've been like that...if he had to do it again I'm sure the gun is in one hand and spray in the other.

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    Jesus, I have hiked that trail alone with no spray/gun in the early morning, and I was scared of bears the whole time until I got to the alpine. Pretty sure I know that exact meadow he was attacked at, it fits a classic description of where bears hang out. That trail is spooky. I went back with a friend a month later, and his van was rocked by a bear when he was sleeping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k2skier112 View Post
    He had a gun but didn't use it? I would of had it in my hand after the first attack.
    ^Think so eh?

    Lots of Griz activity around here lately. Strange considering bears live in the woods...

    Glad dude is still alive. Lucky man!

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    That's quite the calm, cool, collected recollection. Dude is a tough fucker. I drove to hospital with a broken thumb, once. Thought that was core.
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    Fricken bears man.

    Just watched Revenant last night too.

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    Paging Digital Death.....Digital Death to the white courtesy phone, please....

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    we had a Russian & a Czechoslovakian scientist doing research on bears up here in narthern BC, when they stopped radio com the CO's went in to look for them and they found the ransacked camp of the scientists in the middle of prime bear habitat

    the CO's were immediately charged by the griz sow which they shot & killed, while gutting the sow they were charged by a male griz which they also shot

    they found evidence of the russian scientist in the sow so the one CO sez to the other

    "You know what this means eh ... the czech in the male"

    badump!
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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    Who stops to take selfies before driving to the hospital after being attacked by a bear, or calls his girlfriend for new clothes?
    Maybe a guy trying to sell the knives he makes. Just checked his website and it's down, possibly due to "capacity problems." That video went from 70,000 views the first time I saw it last night to over 20 million this morning.

    Not that I'm opposed to the guy selling his knives, more power to him. But he had to know that video was going viral.

    But if he really wanted to make money he should have put it on YouTube and monetized it. 20 million views will make you over $100,000.

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    holy shit
    that story's not gonna help my nervousness in bear country

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    we had a Russian & a Czechoslovakian scientist doing research on bears up here in narthern BC, when they stopped radio com the CO's went in to look for them and they found the ransacked camp of the scientists in the middle of prime bear habitat

    the CO's were immediately charged by the griz sow which they shot & killed, while gutting the sow they were charged by a male griz which they also shot

    they found evidence of the russian scientist in the sow so the one CO sez to the other

    "You know what this means eh ... the czech in the male"

    badump!
    Isn't a male bear called a boar?

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    Oh hey. You, might want to a carry your gun on your chest instead of rigged up on your pack. Maybe if you need it, it won't be missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronWright View Post
    Isn't a male bear called a boar?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronWright View Post
    Isn't a male bear called a boar?
    well that would fuck up my joke ...don't be a bore

    Does anyone need me to splain the joke ?

    I told it to a bear biologist and she didn't get it eh
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    that dude is a bad ass mother fucker
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