August 22, 2013
How to Survive a Bear Attack - 3
by Tim MacWelch
It’s hard to miss the numerous bear attack stories that have been in the news over the last few weeks. Most experts agree that a person should play dead in a fetal position with grizzlies, and fight back when it comes to black bear attacks. But the brave young lady in Michigan who was attacked by a black bear just days ago, was spared after she played dead. She was able to run home after the attack. But an Alaskan hunter wasn’t able to get to help so quickly after a bear attack this past weekend.
The latter story makes me consider what it would be like to survive an attack and not receive immediate medical attention. The most famous true story like that is the tale of Hugh Glass. A trapper and scout, Glass was mauled by a grizzly in August of 1823 during a fur trapping expedition. Left for dead, Glass reportedly used maggots to clear the dead flesh from his severe wounds, as he dragged himself 100 miles with a broken leg. He managed to survive on wild edible plants and the drive to settle the score with the two men who buried him alive and took all of his belongings.
How to Survive?
An ounce of prevention
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