For Jerry’s part, when wildlife officials initially planned to track down and euthanize the bear, Hause said he talked them out of it because it’s in a remote area and may have just been protecting its young.
Washington State bow hunter Jerry Hause found himself in the unenviable position of being on a black bear’s dinner menu when he was out hunting on Labor Day. House, 60, was out with his 26 year old son in a remote section of forest near Abernathy Creek, about 8 miles west of Longview WA.
After a hike of about 3 miles into the wood, Jerry took a rest against a tree before starting to flush game towards his son. He set his pack and bow beside him as he leaned against the tree and that is when he saw it. A black head about 80-100 yards away that he figured was a bear. At that point, Hause decided it was time to move on.
“I stood up and in one motion that bear jumped out of the creek it was in and was on level ground with me. And as soon as it was on level ground it was on a dead run after me.”