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Mountain Biker Fights Grizzly Bear for His Life

Editor's Note: For our more queasy readers, this story contains graphic content.

A recent grizzly bear attack from Canada feels like fodder for an HBO drama. The story begins with mountain biker Colin Dowler, who was riding in a remote part of British Columbia near Mount Doogie Dowler all by his lonesome. He wasn’t alone for long, because Dowler soon found himself face to face with a grizzly bear.

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After spotting the animal, Dowler tried to scare it away with loud noises. It did little good; the bear only got closer to him. When it was too close for comfort, Dowler tried pushing the bear away with a ski pole, which escalated things. The bear lunged, sending him to the ground. The two tussled in a ditch, and Dowler fought for his life. He tried gouging it in the eyes, prying its jaws open, and pushing the animal off him.

When none of that worked, things began to look grim. The animal was grinding its teeth against the bones in his leg and he was running out of time. But salvation came in the form of a pocket knife. Remembering he had one in his pocket, Dowler whisked it free and stabbed the bear in the neck. It was a deep wound, not enough to kill it, but just enough for Dowler to break free. Using a piece of his sleeve as a makeshift tourniquet for his thigh, Dowler got back on his mountain bike and rode four miles to a nearby loggers encampment. He collapsed upon arrival and was whisked away to a hospital.

Meanwhile, with the bear was still out on the prowl, local rangers set out to locate, trap and euthanize the aggressive animal. Rangers were closely tracking its movement when something peculiar happened. The animal’s odor was coming from behind them: the bear was stalking them. Clever girl. For better or worse, the rangers were able to put down the animal before it could attack, and Dowler is expected to make a full recovery.

Should you encounter a grizzly bear in the wild, here are some tips on what to do. When in doubt, be like Dowler and fight for your life.

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