Two college wrestlers from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, survived a grizzly bear attack by fighting back.
When the bear ambushed, Kendall Cummings and Brady Lowry were searching for fallen antlers in the Shoshone National Forest. The bear pounced on Lowry first, but Cummings was able to pull the bear off him and fight back as it pinned him against a tree.
“I could hear when his teeth would hit my skull,” Cummings said. “I could feel when he’d bite down on my bones, and they’d kind of crunch.”
Cummings said he grabbed the bear by the ear and put his hands in its mouth to stop it from biting him. The bear eventually let go of him and charged at Cummings again. He was knocked to the ground and mauled by the bear, but he was able to fight back, and the bear eventually left.
Lowry also suffered injuries in the attack but could walk away from the scene. Both men were taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries.
Cummings had to receive 60 staples in the head, plastic surgery due to significant lacerations on his face, legs, and back, and a broken arm. He said he felt no pain during the attack due to the adrenaline rushing through his body.
Lowry said he owed his life to his friend’s heroic efforts. “I knew I had to protect my head,” Lowry said. “It was life or death.”
Wildlife supervisor Dan Smith said: “This is a sad and unfortunate situation, we wish both victims a full and speedy recovery.” He continued, “Game and Fish will continue to monitor bear activity in the area and work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to make management decisions in the best interest of public safety.”
The attack is a reminder of the dangers of hiking and camping in bear country. You should be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to avoid bear encounters. If you do encounter a bear, it is crucial to stay calm and avoid making any sudden movements. If the bear attacks, fight back with whatever you have available.
The two wrestlers are recovering from their injuries and are expected to fully recover. They are both grateful to be alive and are thankful for the support of their friends and family.
Grizzly bears are fascinating creatures that inhabit several regions worldwide, particularly North America. They are known for their distinct look, which includes long claws, a hump on their shoulders, and a muscular body. These animals have an omnivorous diet that includes berries, roots, insects, and even small mammals when prey is scarce. They are also known for their strength (2.5 to 5 times as strong as humans), as they can flip over rocks weighing up to 300 pounds!
Grizzly bears are a vital part of the ecosystem, as they help maintain the balance of food chains. They are also culturally significant in several indigenous communities, with a deep spiritual connection with these majestic animals. Despite their impressive size and appearance, grizzly bears are considered a vulnerable species due to habitat loss, hunting, and human conflicts. Therefore, protecting and conserving these animals is essential if we want to preserve our natural heritage for generations to come.
Here are some tips for staying safe in bear country:
- Make noise while hiking or camping to let bears know you are there.
- Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
- Do not hike alone.
- Stay away from areas where bears are known to live.
- Do not feed bears or leave food out.
By following these tips, you can help to avoid a bear attack.
When exploring the great outdoors, it’s important to remember that we are not the only ones out there. The bear is one of the most majestic creatures in the wilderness. These incredible animals are known for their strength, intelligence, and fierce reputation.
However, it’s also important to remember that bears should not be taken lightly. They are wild animals and should be treated with respect and caution. To stay safe in the woods, you must be aware of your surroundings and know what to do if you come in contact with a bear. Taking the necessary precautions, such as making noise while hiking, carrying bear spray, and learning how to store your food correctly, can all help to reduce the chance of a dangerous encounter.
So, if you’re planning a trip into the wild, brush up on your bear safety knowledge and remember that bears are no joke!
As always, be safe and be prepared.
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