Hollywood has certainly given us some spectacular insight into what it’s like to be attacked by a bear. Heck, working with Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino couldn’t win Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar, but one bear attack in The Revenant later and they practically threw the golden statue at him. This is proof positive that people find bear attacks to be strangely compelling, in a terrifying kind of way. But the movies ain’t got nothing on Todd Orr’s tale of being mauled by a bear twice in one day.
Orr was hiking through the Madison Valley in Montana scouting for elk when he had the great misfortune of running into a grizzly bear mama and her cubs. Via his Facebook account of the encounter:
The sow saw me right away and they ran a short distance up the trail. But suddenly she turned and charged straight my way. I yelled a number of times so she knew I was human and would hopefully turn back. No such luck. Within a couple seconds, she was nearly on me. I gave her a full charge of bear spray at about 25 feet. Her momentum carried her right through the orange mist and on me.
I went to my face in the dirt and wrapped my arms around the back of my neck for protection. She was on top of me biting my arms, shoulders and backpack. The force of each bite was like a sledge hammer with teeth. She would stop for a few seconds and then bite again. Over and over. After a couple minutes, but what seemed an eternity, she disappeared.
Covered in puncture wounds from the bear’s teeth but not mortally wounded, Orr began the three mile trek back down to his truck when that jerk of a bear reappeared and took another go at him.