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Bear saves man from mountain Lion

Postby BrianF » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:03 pm

When Robert Biggs finished gazing at a cute, cuddly family of black bears and turned to continue on his day-hike in northern California on Monday, he thought he was safe.

The 69-year-old man from the town of Paradise was anything but.

He'd been watching a mother bear, her yearling and a newborn from about 40 feet away, but he had no idea that he was being stalked by a ferocious mountain lion. As he turned to leave, the cat pounced on his backpack with all four paws.

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"He grabbed me from behind and knocked me to the ground," Biggs told The Huffington Post. "I was on my knees. I had my rock pick out because i was on a steep incline, and I smashed the cat in the head with it. He screamed, but he didn't let go."

His backpack and rock pick were the only things standing between him and certain death, Biggs said. He raised his weapon again for another swing at the hulking feline.

"That's when a blur on my left side grabbed the lion by its throat -- turns out it was the momma bear," he said. "I heard a tremendous screeching, some growling noises."

Biggs said that the bear ripped the cat's grip from his backpack, and the two titans clashed for another 15 seconds. The bear won the battle, probably because it "outweighed the cat 400 pounds to 100 pounds." The cat ran away, and the bear went back down on all fours, humbly making eye contact with Biggs before regrouping with her young.

Biggs -- who had been hiking the same two-mile trail in the Bean Soup Flat area for years -- left with a few scratches and bruises on his arm. Being a mountain man, he refused his wife's pleas that he go to the hospital, and instead put some peroxide on his wounds.

He told The Huffington Post that he owes everything to that bear.

"I'm 100-percent sure it did want to save my life," he said. "We made eye contact. I'd seen the bears before and I know she knew who I was."

Credit: Trevor Warner, Paradise Post

Mountain lion attacks in California are reportedly rare. There were only 14 verified attacks on humans between 1890 and 2007, according to the California Department of Fish and Game's website
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Re: Bear saves man from mountain Lion

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:26 pm

Cool find Brian. Here is the article:
http://www.paradisepost.com/news/ci_202 ... ed-by-bear
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Re: Bear saves man from mountain Lion

Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:53 pm

good ending!
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Re: Bear saves man from mountain Lion

Postby vandman » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:37 pm

I would have given that bear some of my beef jerky.
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Re: Bear saves man from mountain Lion

Postby LMBSGV » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:28 pm

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Re: Bear saves man from mountain Lion

Postby markskor » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:12 pm

Nice tale, but...
The original story describes the man closely observing a mother with a yearling...and a newborn -
all in close proximity, with the mother not reacting to him.
Pictures of his arm afterwards shows no scratch marks, only scabbed-over small punctures.
http://forums.backpacker.com/cgi-bin/fo ... 9991156226
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Re: Bear saves man from mountain Lion

Postby balzaccom » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:00 pm

Me too.

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Re: Bear saves man from mountain Lion

Postby gdurkee » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:34 pm

The great tragedy of science, the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact.
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Much as I love the story, newborn bear cubs are not out right now (though I'm willing to be corrected on this). They'd be about the size of a kitten and I don't think would be walking around just yet. Late June is the earliest I've seen a first year cub. And I've never heard of a yearling and newborn cub with the same female.

But a terrific story nonetheless and probably doesn't need close scrutiny to enjoy. (especially the patty cake one!).

But there was a pretty good incident with a turkey hunter behind a log using a turkey call who got clobbered by a lion. When the lion realized his mistake, he scampered off (a vague recollection, but somewhere in the Grass Valley area?).
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Re: Bear saves man from mountain Lion

Postby Jimr » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:14 pm

why let the truth get in the way of a good story.
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