September 6, 2014


A Washington state hunter is recovering after surviving an attack by an angry black bear that chased him up a tree, chomped down on his leg and clawed him with one of its big paws.

Jerry Hause, 60, was out hunting for deer with his 26-year-old son on Labor Day when he came face to face with the bear. They were in a remote wooded area about eight miles west of Longview.

Hause said he was resting against a tree when the bear charged at him. He had no time to aim his bow. He climbed the tree and thought he was out of the bear’s reach until the bear climb up after him and bit into his leg.

After the bear left, Hause hiked back to his truck and went to the hospital where doctors bandaged his puncture and scratch wounds.


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