Man Says Bear Stopped Lion Attack

CA man claims mountain lion retreated


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A Californian man says a bear saved him from an attacking mountain lion while he was hiking on Monday near the northern California town of Paradise. Robert Biggs, 69, had been watching a mother bear and two cubs shortly before a mountain lion pounced on him from behind, seizing clawing at his backpack. Biggs fought back with a rock pick and only escaped when the mother bear attacked the lion. Biggs says he is on good terms with the bears, even interacting with one of the cubs last year. In that encounter, the cub “stood up on its hind legs and put its paws up and I got to play patty-cake with it,” he said. Biggs was bruised and scratched but did not require medical attention.