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WOW!! You B.C. guys are tough

B.C. man comes out swinging in bear attack

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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A Cariboo, B.C., man who was attacked by a bear says he used a stick to put up the fight of his life after he realized he was likely in a fight to the death. Jim West, 45, was out walking last Saturday morning with his two dogs near 70 Mile House, about halfway between Kamloops and Williams Lake, when he came face to face with an angry mother bear.

"I turned [when] I heard a grunt. All I saw was eyes full of hatred I had no option So I stuck my foot up and tried to kick her in the face," he said.

The bear then attacked him, knocking him to the ground, and West soon found himself on the losing side of an ill-matched fight.

"I rolled onto my stomach and clasped my hands at the back of my neck. She tore into my skull at the back of my head, moved over and bit me on the left side of my body, on my ribs and left arm," said West.

Knowing he would likely soon be dead unless he fought back, the injured West managed to get to his feet and picked up a stick about as thick as his arm.

"I said, in effect, bring it on sweetie. I took one step forward smash!" said West. "I swung the stick and broke it over her head. She kind of stood there and shook it off, like she was stunned. I realized if I didn't continue the attack she would knock me to the ground again and I would not get up. I swung my piece of wood like a sledgehammer driving spikes and I kept swinging till she was lying flat on the ground and there was blood coming out of her nose," said West.

The five-foot-nine man eventually crushed the bear's skull with the stick, killing it. West then walked a kilometre and a half to a local lodge, where he was transported to hospital. The gashes in his body took 60 stitches to sew up. The incident surprised even conservation officers, who say West is lucky to be alive.

Unfortunately, two young bears had to be euthanized because they would not survive the winter without their mother, West said. And while he regrets the deaths of the three bears, he believes he did what he needed to do to survive.
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Good grief! What a story!
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its stories like that where i harken back to the gun shop in red lodge and that 50 caliber pistol the guy had. he said it was for bears....

oh, thats right, this story is from canada

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haha! Poor guy. Jeesh. Bears don't scare me!
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haha! Poor guy. Jeesh. Bears don't scare me!
You just needed to have a big stick on the bike Dawn

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You just needed to have a big stick on the bike Dawn
ya, and a fresh pair of undies...LOL
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Until that bear is long-gone I would prefer to keep the soiled undies on. No bear would want to be around the foul odor I had in them!
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We have unfortunatly had more than our share of bear encounters locally this year. Combine the dryer summers, the lack of natural food, and the more prevalent idiots leaving barbage out, and having massive composts in their back yards, etc..... and it turns out to be a recipe for disaster.

And 9 times out of 10 it ends up with a dead bear.
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