A large bear attacked and wounded a North Carolina hunter says he’s lucky to survive the encounter.
Mike Wilson was hunting on a hill in Mitchell County, in the mountains of western North Carolina, when he came face to face with the 390 pound bear, WLOS-TV in Asheville reported Wednesday.
“The bear came up the hill, and I came down the hill,” Wilson told the station.
Wilson said he did what any hunter would do in that situation.
“Shoot, of course. And I did,” he said. “But try to get another shell in my gun, it’s just overwhelmed me and knocked me down the hill.”
The bear also attacked three of Wilson’s hunting dogs, killing one.
WLOS reports that the bear struck Wilson in the face and in the neck with her paw. He said the animal came close to severing his jugular vein.
Doctors stopped the bleeding with 30 stitches.
The bear ran off after the attack and hid in a hole. Another hunter later shot the bear, the station reported.