A Canadian man fighting for his life begged his assailant to let him go, but his pleas went unheeded — which is probably because black bears don't understand English.
Brandon Lattie, 27, was on a walking trail in British Columbia at the Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve on Wednesday night when he says he spotted the bear, which began to chase him.
Lattie told CBC News he ran and jumped into a small lake, not expecting the bear to follow him.
"It happened so fast I couldn't even think, so that seemed like the right thing to do," he said.
But the swampy water slowed him and the bear swiped at Lattie, leaving him with scratch marks on his back and arm. The 27-year-old said the dogged bear even tried to hold him underwater.
"I think it was trying to hold me underwater. I was already physically tired and kind of out of breath from when I ran away and then the next thing I know I'm...going to try to get drowned by a frickin' bear," he told the news outlet.
Lattie said he noticed "there was at least a foot or two of water above me" and pushed himself "back up to fight back."
It was then, Lattie said, he resorted to begging.
"You don't have to do this," he said he told the bear. "You don't want to do it."
A family said they were nearby and saw Lattie running away from the bear in the lake. Lucky for Lattie, the family's dog began to bark, distracting the bear and giving the 27-year-old a chance to break free and swim to a dock.
"It could have been a whole lot worse," Lattie said. "As soon as I got hit, I just thought, 'OK, this is where I die. This is where my head gets chewed apart.'"
Separately, a 62-year-old Minnesota woman, Catherine Sweatt-Mueller, was killed by a black bear on Sept. 1 while on Red Pine Island in the Canadian waters of Rainy Lake.
Experts say the attack was extremely rare and the bear was being sent for a necropsy to determine a reason for the animal's abnormal behavior.
Black bears, according to Dave Garshelis, a bear research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, are "very unaggressive" and tend to be timid around people.
Garshelis said that, on average, a fatal attack by a black bear happens about once a year in all of North America.
Two thoughts .....
Lattie is an idiot. You never ever run from a bear, retreat slowly and don't make eye contact.
If it was Kobs, he would have blasted the bear into the middle of next week.
Exactly! The bear does have to do that. If you're a bear, you eat meat. It's what you do. You can save 15% on car insurance.... Really, that should be a Geico commercial.I rarely go into the woods period when I do it's a park lol but if I lived in BC where wild life IS actually wild, and I HAD to go into the woods, screw the laws I'd be armed, no laws will protect me from a hungry bear.
And then you can prosecute me if you like but i'd still be alive and smiling in court.
Please Mr. bear don't eat me....
Unarmed in the woods means you're part of the food chain and think what you like, guys like this one are about at the rank of rabbits except bigger... and rabbits can run
except when cubs are around. See cubs look for mother and vacate area ASAP. encountered Wild black bears 3 different times in my conservation work. One of those being pair of cubs that climbed up a tree near us. We hightailed for the car on that one, while watching for momma.My one and only face to face with a black bear was while hunting in West Virginia. I was sitting on a ledge beside a grove of heavy foliage trees. I heard something moving towards me, I was expecting the large buck of my dreams when a large black bear exited maybe 25 feet in front of me. I brought my rifle up to a ready and not much happened. I looked at bear and bear looked at me. Bear stood up on hind legs and sniffed before dropping down and sauntering over to the river. In most cases a black bear will avoid human contact at all cost.
. Thinking the bear was happy to get away from there. Like most black bears he (or she) wanted nothing to do with humans.
Well yeah, that is pretty much true of all bears and a host of other animals when it comes to their young, including humans.except when cubs are around. See cubs look for mother and vacate area ASAP. encountered Wild black bears 3 different times in my conservation work. One of those being pair of cubs that climbed up a tree near us. We hightailed for the car on that one, while watching for momma.