The bear managed to pin him before he could react but the 17-yo still managed to keep his wits about him.
He was walking the woods, heard a noise and ‘just like that’ the Grizz had him pinned to a tree. The unnamed teen fell to the ground, trying to scramble away, but the bear was on top of him, pinning him face down.
A lot of fully-grown men don’t come back from a situation like that. But this guy did. He remembered the bear spray he had in his pack, if he could just get to it.
He managed to reach over his shoulder and grab the bear repellent from his backpack. He sprayed the bear, which then backed away and left the area.
The boy made radio contact with his family, who were staying at a cabin in the area. He was taken to Madison Valley Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Wildlife officials will continue to monitor the area, which is well within occupied bear habitat, but no further management action is being taken at this time, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
“Based on the teen’s description of the bear’s behavior, the bear was mostly likely a grizzly bear,” the department said in the statement Monday. “The bear’s behavior in this incident appears to be typical of surprise close encounters.”
Remember folks, there’s a big difference between a walk in the woods and a walk in the park.
In one you might be making dinner plans, in the other you might BE ‘dinner plans’.
By all means, get out there and enjoy the woods.
But stay safe out there, and always make sure you’re ready and able to handle yourselves if things go sideways.
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