A Minnesota man embarked on a hunting excursion, not knowing it would land him in the fight of his life against an angry black bear. The hunter, who’s identity has not been released to the media, shot the 525lb animal with his bow and arrow on Friday night. He was hunting in the dense woodland near Duxbury with a group of friends.
The group of 10 hunting enthusiasts were deep in the Duxbury woods, where the brutal mauling unfolded.
Intent on using the animal’s meat, rather than killing it for show, the men worried that it would spoil in the heat of the day. They waited four hours after first shooting the beast before using it’s trail of blood to track it through the darkness. They eventually found the animal early on Saturday morning, lying injured on the forest floor.
By that point, the bear was irate and ready to fight for it’s life. It charged the victim, mauling his face and breaking both of his arms. The man pulled his hunting knife and stabbed the bear approximately 20 times, eventually killing it, in an act of superhuman strength.
It required the brute strength of 10 men to drag the beast out of the forest.
Craig Lindstrom, who was hunting with the group of men that day, recalled the gruesome mauling of his friend:
“I heard him screaming – felt like 10 minutes, but was probably two minutes – literally screaming, and you knew he was being mauled. He made that thing die because he stabbed it about 20 times while it was chewing on his arm. He kept stabbing it and it was pounding on him, a quarter of a ton – a 525 pound bear pounding on him.”
The licensed hunters plan to mount their enormous kill.
Ultimately, Lindstrom is the one who saved his friend’s life after the gruesome mauling. The Wyoming man used the first aid skills he had learned as a Chicago City firefighter to care for his friend as they made the half mile trek out of the woods. “I thought he was dead 10 to 15 times,” remarked Lindstrom. “He would fall down and he told us about telling his parents, his fiancée, his kids — tell them I love them.”
Eventually, they were able to call the Pine County Sheriff’s Office for help. Rescue crews arrived shortly and the victim was flown to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. He is currently recovering there, and is reportedly in stable condition.
The victim was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center, where he remains in stable condition.
The Daily Mail weighed in on the harrowing ordeal:
Meanwhile, the bear, which died around 50 yards from where it was stabbed, was later dragged out of the woodland by the remaining 10 hunters.
Despite the incident, Mr Lindstrom said he, the victim and their group of hunters are licensed to hunt bears and will not hesitate to do so again in the future.
He added that he hopes his friend will recover in time for deer hunting season from September to December.
Black bears are typically around four to seven feet from nose to tail. Males tend to weigh between 130 to 350lbs, but some can be as large as 600lbs.
Black bears are typically around four to seven feet from nose to tail. Males tend to weigh between 130 to 350lbs, but some can be as large as 600lbs. The bear killed by this Minnesota hunter was as large as they come.
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