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Hunter fights off grizzly bear by shoving his arm down its throat

David Kearns

Published 06/10/2015 | 11:26

The bow hunter Chase Dellwo recovering after he survived a grizzly bear mauling Credit: Jo Dee Black/The Great Falls Tribune (AP)
The bow hunter Chase Dellwo recovering after he survived a grizzly bear mauling Credit: Jo Dee Black/The Great Falls Tribune (AP)

A quick thinking bow hunter is recovering after surviving a grizzly bear mauling by shoving his arm down the animal's throat, a tip he reportedly remembered from his grandmother.

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Chase Dellwo (26) was hunting with his brother northwest of the town of Choteau in the United States on Saturday when he came face-to-face with a 400-pound male grizzly.

He was only three feet from the bear when he noticed it, reports the Great Falls Tribune, and he said the grizzly had not seen him approach because it was sleeping.

The 26-year-old said  he only had time to take a few steps back before the bear woke and charged him, knocking him off his feet and biting into his head. 

"He let go, but he was still on top of me roaring the loudest roar I have ever heard," Mr Dellwo said.  

The bear then bit the hunter’s leg and shook him, tossing him in the air.

As it bared down on him again, the hunter said he recalled a story he had read in a magazine.

"I remembered an article that my grandmother gave me a long time ago that said large animals have bad gag reflexes," he said.

"So I shoved my right arm down his throat."

The advice worked, and the bear left.

Mr Dellwo rejoined his brother, who had been further up the creek bed waiting for him, and was driven a hospital.

The 26-year-old received stitches and staples in his head, some on his face, a swollen eye and deep puncture wounds on his leg.

"I want everyone to know that it wasn't the bear's fault. He was as scared as I was," Mr Dellwo added.

When asked by the Great Falls Tribune if he had advice for others to avoid being mauled, the hunter answered: "Bear Mace. Carry Bear Mace."

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