Man mauled by grizzly kills bear, lives to tell tale

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  1. sculker

    sculker New Member


    Man mauled by grizzly kills bear, lives to tell tale

    Fri Jun 6, 10:03 PM

    A man from B.C.'s Interior not only survived being mauled by a grizzly - he killed the bear as well.

    John Shorter, 38, was hiking near Dease Lake in Northern B.C. Tuesday when he said he smelled a bear in the area.

    "I heard a woofing sound, turned, seen a grizz coming at me. I managed to get my rifle up and get one round into the chest.... At that point he got on top of me, obviously, and took me down," Shorter said. "He proceeded to try to maul me in the back of the scalp and on the neck, and I protected my neck with my hands. They got fairly chewed up."

    The bear was biting at his hands, which were covering his neck, so he dropped his rifle. He scrambled to get it back, eventually putting some distance between himself and the bear.

    He shot the animal a second time, this time killing it.

    "You just put yourself in overdrive and try and not get yourself killed," Shorter said. "It's an amazing amount of adrenaline going through yourself.... You get lots of thoughts going through your mind but you think about, obviously, your family and it's worth living, so fight."

    After killing the bear, Shorter picked up his rifle and staggered back to his vehicle.

    "I got back in my pickup, grabbed a drink of water, got my thoughts straight. I noticed my shoulder was dislocated. I managed to pop it in myself and thought I'd better go and get some help," Shorter said.

    He drove to the nearby community of Iskut for medical treatment.

    Shorter escaped the attack with what he called minor injuries. He received 40 stitches, and suffered a broken hand and multiple puncture wounds.

    "You know, if you're in that situation, all you can do is fight for all you got. I mean, I don't think I'm any different from anyone else," he said.

    Shorter is still recovering at his home in Smithers. Conservation officials continue to investigate the attack.
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    Lucky guy. The mere fact that he got back to his truck before he "noticed my shoulder was dislocated". :eek:

    Adrenaline is a wonderful thing.


  3. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

    Geez..and I thought we were told to lie down and play dead! Or maybe offer to share your TOFU with the bear...or maybe attempt a "dialogue"...Oh, I forgot, I'm on the Firearms Forum...just shoot the fuc*er...

    In NY I can't even buy bear repellant!
  4. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    LOL RL that was good.

    Don't you know your suposted to hug the bear and tell him you understand why he/she is mad. Share your tofu with granola in it with him/her. Explaine to him/her that you were not out to hurt him/her and offer to help keep people out of the woods and glued to the tv.
  5. chorst294

    chorst294 New Member

    No, I think you're supposed to hug trees and pet the bears. They need to feel loved too!! LOL.
  6. pistolwhip23

    pistolwhip23 Guest

    wow was he lucky. i couldnt imagine the adrenaline he went through fighting for his life. did they say what rifle he shot it with?
  7. ScottG

    ScottG Active Member

  8. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

    LOL - hence the expression "Bear Hug"? And maybe after you befriend the bear you can ask him to answer that age old question " Where exactly do you SHI$"....?
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2008