It hit him like a linebacker and threw him on the ground.
That’s how a hunter narrowly escaping a 525 pound black bear described the horror when a wounded bear attacked his friend in a dense swamp area near Duxbury, Minnesota early Saturday morning.
“You go into the woods, not thinking this will ever happen, legally and humanely go after a bear you shot, and it turned bad,” said Craig Lindstrom, of Wyoming, Minnesota.
Lindstrom said he and several longtime hunting buddies shot a black bear with a bow and arrow Friday evening, and then waited four hours to track it several miles from their hunting camp. Because of the warm temperatures, Lindstrom and two others decided to find the bear around 11:30 p.m., worrying the meat would spoil overnight. They began to follow a blood trail in the darkness and within a half hour, they found the bear laying on the ground. It suddenly charged.
“And that’s when they yelled it’s big and it’s coming your way. All of the sudden I heard him screaming — felt like 10 minutes, but was probably two minutes — literally screaming, screaming and you knew he was being mauled,” said Lindstrom.
Lindstrom began to pray aloud, and soon realized his friend was still alive with a knife in his hand.
“He made that thing die because he stabbed it about 20 times while it was chewing on his arm. He kept stabbing it and stabbing it and stabbing it and it was pounding on him, a quarter of a ton — a 525 pound bear pounding on him,” said Lindstrom. “And I’m telling you, he walked out. He walked out.”