On Sunday, northern Ontario resident Rick Nelson was walking his dog when he saw a little cub nearby.
According to the 61-year-old:
“I sat down on a log and the bear cub poked its head out of the shrub nearby. It was so close I could touch it. It let out a yelp, because I scared the heck out of it├óΓé¼┬ª I knew right away I was in trouble├óΓé¼┬ª It’s calling for mommy.”
And mommy did indeed come! Before he knew it, a 300-pound black bear was charging at him!
“The mother was coming full speed├óΓé¼┬ª All you could hear was the bush crashing.”
Soon, Nelson was eye-to-eye with the animal. Although he had no rocks or sticks to defend himself, he knew boxing moves AND was a former bear hunter!
Rick then swung at the bear but missed, hitting it in the teeth. Then, the bear scatched the man across his face and chest! OUCH!
That’s when Nelson knew what he had to do.
“I had the perfect shot to take. I did an underhand and hit it right in the snout.”
After he hit the bear, a miraculous thing happened├óΓé¼┬ª The cub started to squeal and move away.
“Now it was the moment of truth. What’s this bear going to do? Is it going to follow its cub or is it going to come after me?… [The mother bear] turned around and it was snorting blood. It looked at me, and I thought, ‘Oh no. Here it comes.'”
Luckily, the mother bear turned around, followed her baby, and acted like nothing happened! Phew! That was a close one!
But Rick doesn’t have any hard feelings between him and the bear. In fact, he says their species is totally misunderstood!
“Black bears really aren’t dangerous unless you have a cub involved. So sometimes black bears get a really bad rap. Probably they’re more afraid of you and [me], than we are of them.”
We just hope there isn’t a rematch!
[Image via WENN.]