Here is an interesting article of a man attacked by a bear in a Washington park. This is one reason that I always carry a .44 Magnum when hiking but there is something else interesting the victim says about the attack. "He was too close and too quick. I had no chance to decide what to do," said Blasioli, ...."It's surreal. You don't understand this is happening. At one point I thought, 'This is it, I'm going to die.'" This sounds very much like the victim of any attack by any preditor, two legged or four. A good reason why we practice situational awareness.
Bear attack victim saved by bike helmet
The Associated Press
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OLALLA, Wash.—A couple of barks from his dog ahead of him on the trail was all the warning Anthony Blasioli got. An instant later, he was fighting with a black bear for his life.
Returning to Banner Forest Heritage Park for the first time since the Labor Day weekend attack, Blasioli, 51, told the Kitsap Sun it was only after he prayed that the bear ended the Sept. 2 attack.
In an interview with CNN aired Wednesday morning, he also said his bicycle helmet helped save his life.
"I think it did some help there because he bit through and got my ear. ... But the rest of my face is still here, so I'm glad about that," Blasioli said.
State wildlife experts tried without success to locate and trap the bear. The park was closed until Monday and has been posted with warning signs.
At the park Monday with his father and mother, Blasioli told the newspaper he had been riding his mountain bike, as he did every weekend, for 45 minutes to an hour when he heard a couple of barks from Pine, one of his two dogs, ahead of him on the narrow, bumpy trail.
He dismounted, expecting to see another park user and planning to tell the dogs to heel. Then he saw the bear.
"He was too close and too quick. I had no chance to decide what to do," said Blasioli, a Boeing Co. software developer who lives in of Port Orchard. "It's surreal. You don't understand this is happening. At one point I thought, 'This is it, I'm going to die.'"
Blasioli said the bear knocked him backward into the brush and bit into the helmet, ripping out a chunk of foam along with the cartilage of his right ear and then tearing some muscle from his arm and shoulder as he kicked and tried to fight back.
"At one point, he bit my side and did one of those bite and jiggle things," he said. "I thought, 'There goes a bunch of meat there.'"
Blasioli said he prayed for his life and almost immediately the bear ran away.
"I don't remember what I said exactly, but I asked God, 'I don't want to die today,'" he said.
Blasioli then managed to get back onto his bike and pedaled back to the trailhead, where he met two people who called for help. He spent the next week at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.
In the attack, the bear "bit into my shoulder and biceps, so it's been all sewn back up together again, so I haven't been able to move my arm up and down for a while—and I still can't," he told CNN. "Then he bit on my chest a few times and I had stitches there. He scratched my face and he almost got my neck ... but it didn't go through and get any vital veins.
"Then, you know, of course, he got my ear. My back is still all scratched up. He bit into my leg and I had teeth marks in each arm that have now scabbed over, so I've healed up pretty fast."
He has feeling in his left arm, but his biceps and triceps were sewn together to recreate the muscle, and doctors are unsure how much movement he will regain.
He said it will likely be some time before he resumes his regular bicycle rides in the park—and when he does he plans to ride with a partner.