Man in Washington State survives 2nd bear attack in 4 years
SEATTLE - A man from Washington State has been attacked by a bear for the second time in less than five years.
The man, who asked to be referred to as "Bob", spoke with ABC News Seattle station KOMO about the most recent attack, which happened on April 16 after his dog spooked the animal.
Bob says the attack that happened last month at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, roughly 45 miles south of Seattle, was eerily similar to an incident that happened only four years ago, on the same trail while running with the same dog. Bob told KOMO he rolled up into a ball and stayed still to survive the 2011 attack.
In his most recent ursine encounter, Bob told the Seattle station that he chose to fight back, grabbing a tree branch and bracing himself to swing. The bear bit him more than 40 times during the attack and struck him with its claws several times.
"It would whip around, do this 180 and go for my leg, my shoulders, my head, and just come in and bite me again, and I would just try to nail it when it came in," Bob told KOMO.
While Washington wildlife officials were unable to locate the first bear that attacked Bob, they hunted down the most recent attacker, weighing in at over 300 pounds. Bob thinks there is a chance it could be the same bear that attacked him four years ago, but wildlife officials think the odds of this being the case make it nearly impossible.
Bob told KOMO that a third attack is out of the question as he has decided he won't be returning to those woods anymore. Bob says he is "just getting too old to fight 'em anymore."
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