‘Colin Dowler ended up in a Life-or-Death Struggle with a Grizzly Bear in B.C.’
A Canadian man from Dowler, British Columbia survived a brutal grizzly bear attack by stabbing the animal in the neck with a 2-inch pocket knife, according to reports.
Colin Dowler, 45, was mountain biking in the remote back country of British Columbia outside of the city of Power River on July 29 when he spotted a large male grizzly.
Dowler stopped about 100 feet away from the bear in order to decide what he should do next—stay still, ride past the bear, or cycle in the opposite direction. Dowler stated, “he wasn’t really sure what to do about the situation,” “I largely stood there, and let the grizzly keep walking up towards me.”
As the bear approached him, Dowler—now becoming more nervous—tried to stay as still as possible so as not to provoke the bear. When the bear was too close for comfort, Dowler tried to nudge him away with a hiking pole, BBC reported. A brief tug-of-war ensued before Dowler threw his bike at the animal, the report said.
However, the bear began swatting at him with its paws. Eventually, Dowler threw the bike at the animal in another attempt to make it leave. The bear then grabbed Dowler by the stomach and dragged him to a ditch about 50 feet away. Dowler said he tried to play dead as the animal bit into his arm, foot, and thigh.
“It was so much pain and weirdness, I could feel the hot blood,” he told the BBC. “I’m being rag-dolled, suspended by my flank by a bear carrying me.”
The bear then dragged him to a ditch around 50 feet away and began biting into his arm, foot and thighs. In an attempt to free himself, Dowler tried gouging the bear’s eyes and playing dead but neither seemed to work.
“It sounded like it was grating my bones up,” Dowler told CBC.
Then Dowler remembered that he had a small pocket knife in the pocket of his pants.
“Somehow, I don’t know how I did it. I used both hands to pull underneath the bear to get to that knife, and I grabbed the knife out and opened it and put it in [my] hand and stabbed the bear in his neck,” he said.
“It let go of me immediately. It was bleeding quite badly. I wasn’t really sure if it was dying faster than I was,” he said.
The bear backed off slightly and Dowler then cut off one his shirt sleeves to use as a tourniquet on his injured leg. He then managed to clamber onto his bike and cycle away down the logging road.
“I was thinking I’m not going to make it,” he said. “It was pretty freaking scary.”
After about 4 and a half miles he passed a worksite where he collapsed and called for help. Five workers rushed to his help and administered first aid.
“They just went to work, doing their best to save my life,” he told the BBC. “They’re truly the heroes of the story because there’s no way I would have made it without [them].”
Vittorio Giannandrea, one of the five men who attended to Dowler at Ramsey Arm worksite, said that when they saw him initially, they were “shocked and unnerved.”
“Then we began talking to him, cutting off the clothing on the apparent wounds where blood soaked through everything and just used as many hands, large bandages and other materials to stop the bleeding and cover the wounds,” Giannandrea told CBC.
The workers then called an air ambulance which took him to a hospital in Vancouver where he is now recovering.
Officers from the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service subsequently tracked the bear down following the attack and euthanized it.
British Columbia is home to around 15,000 grizzly bears, as well as some 120,000-150,000 black bears.
However, unprovoked bear attacks are extremely rare, in large part because the animals usually like to avoid contact with humans.
Nevertheless, the province of British Columbia provides the following advice if you do encounter a bear in backcountry:
-Stay calm: If the bear sees you, talk in a low, calm voice and then regardless if it has seen you or not.
-Back up slowly: Never turn your back on a bear, or run. Running could trigger an attack.
-Do not stare: The bear will see a direct stare as a challenge.
-Give it space: Make sure it has a way to get away, and that you are not blocking access to a bear’s cubs or its food.
-If a bear approaches you or charges: Do not run!
-Use your bear spray as it approaches
If you are being attacked, you have two options: Play dead or fight back.
Defensive attack: “Usually, bears charge or attack because they are feeling threatened. Use your bear spray. If you don’t have bear spray and the bear makes contact with you—roll on your stomach, cover the back of your neck, remain still and play dead, they will lose interest and leave. Do NOT run!”
Predatory attack: “In rare cases, a bear may see a human as prey and stalk you along a trail. In these cases, try to escape into a building, car or up a tree. If you cannot escape and the bear charges, use your bear spray, lacking that, use anything at your disposal to fight off the bear (rocks, sticks, hiking poles).”
A Wisconsin bear hunter was attacked by a 357-pound black bear and miraculously survives the ordeal.
Tye Carlson is an experienced hunter with 40 years, he was surprise when he found himself getting mauled by the large bruin.
Carlson and his party were chasing the bear near Wascott, Wisconsin, when the bear got tired of being chased so it decided to stop and attack.
Unfortunately, Carlson was the nearest to the bear when it attacked.
Before Carlson knew it, the bear was on him.
“He popped out and he wasn’t going to stop,” he said. “He just ran me over and started biting on me,” he said.
A determined Bear
Carlson is a big man, he tried to push the bruin off.
The bear bit, clawed and pushed Carlson around effortlessly.
Carlson was able to use his gun to shoot the bear multiple times, but with no effect.
The bear was still attacking even when his party’s hunting dog arrived and engaged.
Finally, someone in his party was able to get a shot in that mortally wounded the bear.
“He was going down swinging, and that’s what he did. I got lucky. I got away with one. That’s what I did,” Carlson said.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources checked the bear for rabies, with the exam coming back clean. As for Carlson, he lost a lot of blood and received several dozen stitches to close the wounds the bear inflicted.
Carlson doesn’t hold anything against the bear for mauling him.
This Alaskan Guide has a true tall tale to tell you.
Phil Shoemaker, an experienced Alaskan hunting and fishing guide, was guiding a couple of clients on a salmon fishing trip in the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Alaska.
While there they encountered at close range with an angry bear.
Thank goodness nobody got hurt just the bear.
Whats amazing and you don’t hear too often is that Phil stopped this raging bear with a 9mm pistol at close range.
Phil and his clients were lucky enough to walk away without a scratch.
Season outdoorsman who pack hand cannons will chastised Phil to kingdom come. Phil was packing a S&W 3954 in 9mm, whats odd is he also owns S&W 629 chambered in 44 Magnum but chose to carry the 9mm on this day. I think the moral of the story isn’t all about carrying a hand howitzer but you can carry a 9mm but supplement that with good quality ammunition, good shot placement and luck if you’re ever in an encounter with a bear.
Anyone that knows cartridges will understand that 9mm Luger does not have penetration compared to a more powerful cartridges such as .454 Casull or .500 S&W. In this instances, Phil the guide was packing a 9mm with 147 grain hard cast bullets made by Buffalo Bore. This was design for deep penetration.
Though, Phil 9mm handgun lacked penetration, his 9mm made up in higher magazine capacity. With more rounds Phil was able to shoot multiple times to put down the bear.
“Two days ago I was guiding a couple from NY on a fishing trip and decided to pack my S&W 3954 pistol. When we were approaching the stream we bumped into a large boar who must have been sleeping as we were talking loud just so we wouldn’t suprise one.
Over the past 33 years I have lived and guided here on the Alaska peninsula I have never had to kill a bear in defense of life, but this bear was different.
We were in thick brush and I was only 8 or 10 feet from the bear when he started growling and huffing. I began yelling and it eventually ran around, behind my two clients, into the brush. But within 15 seconds it came charging back from the area behind us and popped out of the brush 10 feet from me! I had the little S&W in my hands and was thinking I was probably going to have to shoot it but as it cleared the brush it headed toward my clients.
The man had enough sense to grab his wife and fall backwards into the tall grass. The bear seemed to loose track of them, even though it was less than 3 feet away from them and it was highly agitated! It then swung toward me, I was 6 or 8 feet away, and I fired the first shot into the area between the head and shoulder. It growled and started wildly thrashing around, still basically on the feet of my clients. My next shot hit it in the shoulder and it began twisting and biting at the hits and I continued firing as fast as I could see vitals. Five shots later it turned into the brush and I hit it again and it twisted and fell 20 feet from us![/su_heading]
Brown bears out in the wild are dangerous, its important to be armed ideally with some heavy power pocket cannons.
Having a 9mm handgun isn’t ideal for this situation but if you have good gun skills and luck you may just come out unscathed like Phil. Be Safe out there.
Here’s proof that us folks in the U.S. aren’t the only idiots when it comes to wildlife interaction, a man in India was reportedly mauled to death when he tried to take a “selfie” of himself with a bear.
According to an Indie article, Prabhu Bhatara was returning from a wedding with some others when they stopped for a potty break.
Seeing an injured bear, he decided it would be a good idea to get close to it and take a “selfie”.
Here’s the video, that shows the bear chewing and shaking this guy. There was quite a crowd there, but I saw only one person and a dog that attempted to help the poor guy.
If the entire crowd had rushed the bear, chances are good that it would have stopped its attack. The only creature really trying to save this man was a dog.
While the carnage was goin on the fellow passengers who watched the entire act, were busy shooting the incident on their mobile phones instead of trying to rescue him. (maybe they work for the news)
A stray dog tried to fight with the bear but failed to save the man from the bear’s grip, forest officials said.