October 03, 2016

GRAPHIC FOOTAGE: Hunter films himself moments after surviving TWO BEAR ATTACKS

StaffRebel Columnist

Todd Orr has gone viral after filming himself, bloody and beaten, moments after being attacked by a bear.

The Montana man posted the video to Facebook as a warning that sometimes bear spray just doesn't do the trick. Along with the video, he posted an intense description of what happened.

“I took an early morning hike in the Madison valley to scout for elk. Knowing that bears are common throughout southwest Montana, I hollered out "hey bear" about every 30 seconds so as to not surprise any bears along the trail.

About three miles in, I stepped out into an open meadow and hollered again. A few more steps and I spotted a sow Grizzly bear with cubs on the trail at the upper end of the meadow. 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,” he wrote.

“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.

Stunned, I carefully picked myself up. I was alive and able to walk so I headed back down the trail towards the truck 3 miles below. As I half hiked and jogged down the trail, I glanced at my injuries. I had numerous bleeding puncture wounds on my arms and shoulder but I knew I would survive and thanked god for getting me through this. I hoped the bleeding wasn't too significant. I really didn't want to stop to dress the wounds. I wanted to keep moving and put distance between us,” he added.

Orr then explains how he was attacked A SECOND TIME after the initial attack. “Why me? I was so lucky the first attack, but now I questioned if I would survive the second,” he wrote.

During the attack he decided to lay motionless and hope it would end. “She suddenly stopped and just stood on top of me. I will never forgot that brief moment. Dead silence except for the sound of her heavy breathing and sniffing. I could feel and her breath on the back of my neck, just inches away. I could feel her front claws digging into my lower back below my backpack where she stood. I could smell the terrible pungent odor she emitted. For thirty seconds she stood there crushing me. My chest was smashed into the ground and forehead in the dirt. When would the next onslaught of biting began. I didn't move. And then she was gone.”

He managed to get to his vehicle and eventually drove to the hospital without losing too much blood. Orr wrote, “I was met at the front door by the doctor, nurse and an officer. I had to ask the officer to open the door, put my truck in park, and unbuckle my seat belt. My left arm was useless. He was impressed I had taken the effort to buckle.

Once inside, the x-rays revealed only a chip out of the ulna bone in my forearm. Following was eight hours of stitching to put me back together. Most were arm and shoulder punctures and tears. A 5" gash along the side of my head will leave a nasty scar, but I'm hoping my balding doesn't come on too quickly and leave that one exposed.”

So far, Orr's video has been watched over 22 million times and his detailed account has been shared over 27,000 times.

It's an incredible story. What do you think?

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commented 2016-10-04 12:50:20 -0400
The bear, I mean…☺
commented 2016-10-04 12:46:54 -0400
Reminds me of Hillary.
commented 2016-10-04 04:15:00 -0400
Guns guns guns are the solution for any type of predator…
And that is exactly the medicine they need..
350 grains of 44 mag hollow point fired repeatedly at close range is enough to discourage anything in North America.
commented 2016-10-03 20:42:09 -0400
Well, predators have to make a living too.

I always go armed.

They can make their living off of someone else.

For that matter it helps to keep the two legged predators away as well.

Glad he made it.
commented 2016-10-03 20:36:03 -0400
Yup, caught this story on my local small town station early this morning going to work.
commented 2016-10-03 19:24:00 -0400
I know what you mean, Liza, and how affective a deterrent singing can be. My singing sends every living creature, man or beast, heading for the hills.
commented 2016-10-03 18:03:05 -0400
While I’m no yuppie, and have lived in bear country for 30 some odd years I will admit I have been lucky counting on my country and western singing, pepper spray and bear bangers to keep me safe. I hear ya Bill.
Have you seen any grizzly poop with bear bells in them lately? That’s what happens when yuppies meet grizzly bear.
commented 2016-10-03 17:55:40 -0400
Liza, until you’ve seen what Grizzles can do to a horse carcass in a few hrs time, you will never feel secure in bear country again without armed protection – even the park rangers feel naked with those stupid 12 Gage slug guns the service issues them. I had a close friend who put in 12 yeas doing back country fire patrol on horse back and later he was on the live-trap bear control program in the mountain parks.

He has lots of stories of what happens when yuppie-meets-bear..
commented 2016-10-03 17:21:44 -0400
I guess my bear bangers would bounce right off the damn Grizzlies nose.
commented 2016-10-03 16:51:56 -0400
Montana bruins are a tad small compared with the species in the Canadian Rockies and foothills – bear spray is the preferred protection of dead citiots – best bear protection is a .444 or .45/70 Marlin lever gun in a saddle boot – pistols are too damn small to get into the bear’s vitals.

Been stalked by Grizzlies while packing out meat but never attacked – knock on wood.
commented 2016-10-03 15:24:56 -0400
Did he put his cap back on to keep his scalp from flapping? Gross.
commented 2016-10-03 15:23:49 -0400
So much for bear spray. Mine is expired anyway. The best I have are bear bangers, though aimed right at the bear at close range they would probably leave a nasty mark. Contemplating getting my licence. I suppose I should hurry. It may be getting harder to obtain one in the future.
commented 2016-10-03 14:56:56 -0400
There you have it… Straight from the victims mouth that bear spray doesn’t work…
Bear spray may work on people it may work on dogs it may even work on a pack of wolves but a bear is a different kind of animal and it needs to be fed lead when attacking..
All the more reason to endorse “open carry” in the bush where you know dangerous wildlife is present.
commented 2016-10-03 14:48:57 -0400
I never trusted bear spray. Whenever I worked alone in bear country I always carried a short barrel 12 gauge shotgun with a pistol grip, and loaded with slugs rather than shot, slung over my shoulder. Fortunately I never had to use it. In fact I’ve had many more scary moments with angry moose than bears. Of course, it would have been much more convenient if it were legal to carry a high power hand gun on me, but alas, this is Canada.
commented 2016-10-03 14:31:10 -0400
Lucky to be alive!!! I don’t go out into the wild without a firearm. That’s why they call it wilder-ness.
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