When it comes to defending yourself against a bear attack you'll find thousands of armchair experts on YouTube and Facebook, telling you exactly what to do. But not many people can get rag-dolled by a Black Bear and laugh about it. This guy did.
This was an upload by Richard Wesley who wrote the following:
I am so happy after this confrontation with a black bear during our spring hunt. No wounds except a bruised elbow and ego where the bear threw me down. Genuinely happy that this was a non fatal or tragic outcome. Proving that the black bear is a wild and unpredictable animal. Again so happy with the outcome.
How to deal with a Black Bear Rush
If this bow hunter had been between a mama bear and a cub the outcome might have been different. However, in this particular instance, an aggressive technique worked best.
Make Yourself Visible
Make yourself visible and make noise.
Let them know you are there so you don't startle them. This man was hunting so he stayed quiet longer than normal.
This bear looked more irritated than spooked.
Don't Run Away
When you see a 300+ pound apex predator running at you, your first instinct is to flee for safety.
Doing that here could have cost this man dearly.
Instead, he stood his ground and poked at the bear's face with his arrows.
And even though he got slammed to the ground, he didn't panic.
Check out the full video by Richard Wesley.