After surviving a bear attack last Wednesday, a cyclist in Alaska is blessed to be alive. CNN reported.
A large brown bear ran towards the cyclist as he was riding his bicycle in Cantwell last Tuesday. He jumped off his bike and began to shout at the bear. Alaskan Wildlife Troopers reported the incident in a Statement.
According to the Alaskan Wildlife Troopers statement, the bear charged the cyclist again. He claimed that he fell on the ground in a fetal position, covered his head, and kicked it as it attacked.
The bear bit the cyclist in the leg below the knee but then walked away, The Guardian reported.
“The bear made one contact and one bite, then immediately retreated into the vegetation the same way it approached. After the bear left the area, [the cyclist] walked to the highway and called a friend for a ride,”In a statement, officials stated that they were aware of the situation.
According to The Guardian the cyclist owned a gun but didn’t use or carry it.
The cyclist “believes the bear was alone and approximates the bear’s weight at 500lbs,”The release stated.
The cyclist was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He was treated for puncture wounds and a laceration, but did not need any additional treatment.
According to the National Park Service, bear attacks on humans are very rare.
“Each bear and each experience is unique,”The National Park Service. “There is no single strategy that will work in all situations and that guarantees safety … your safety can depend on your ability to calm the bear.”