Chase Dellwo, a 26-year-old bow hunter in Montana, escaped an attack by a male grizzly bear on Saturday, according to the Billings Gazette. He scared off the animal by shoving his arm down its throat.
Dellwo was stalking a heard of elk with his brother northwest of Choteau, Montana, when he came across a 350- to 400-pound grizzly sleeping alongside a creek. High winds, rain, and snow prevented Dellwo from noticing the bear until he was only three feet away from it.
The bear woke up, knocked Dellwo over, and bit the top of his head. It let go but then returned, biting Dellwo’s leg and shaking him violently. As the bear came at Dellwo for a third time, Dellwo pushed his arm down its throat, and the bear retreated.
Dellwo located his brother, who drove him to the Benefis Teton Medical Center. Dellwo received staples and stitches in his head and face and treatment for deep puncture wounds in his leg.
“I saw a six-point elk on the way out. That was disappointing,” Dellwo told the Great Falls Tribune.