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The bear disappeared from the sight of the Wisconsin hunter – then he felt it breathe into his neck


High up in his tree, a Wisconsin deer hunter thought he had gone unnoticed by a black bear wandering near him in the woods – until he stopped at the base of his point of seen.

Dalton Roach, 25, spotted the bear while hunting with a bow earlier this month, he told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Having never seen a wild bear in the flesh before, he pulled out his phone and began recording the beast as it passed through.

Roach, who in addition to being an avid sportsman and a pitcher prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals, felt safe.

“He was just laughing,” Roach said of the bear. “He didn’t look like he was on a mission or anything.”

Then he suddenly moved towards her point of view.

Hitched to the tree, Roach was more or less stuck, he told the Leader-Telegram. And as he thought about what to do next, he heard the sound of claws on the bark, getting closer and closer.

“The next thing I know is I can hear it right behind me and feel it breathing behind my back,” he told the outlet.

“Then I feel a paw on my knees. He just left the paw sitting there.

Roach stood still, fearing to aggravate or surprise the bear, and hoped he would go away on his own, KOLR reported.

“I was not in a good position to defend myself,” he told the TV station.

But all that calm and patience dissolved when Roach felt an intense pressure on his back and realized that the bear had sunk its teeth into him.

“I jump from a sitting position and now I can turn to face him,” Roach said.

He estimates that the bear weighed between 250 and 300 pounds. He didn’t seem particularly threatened by him.

Facing the bear, Roach extended his arms and began to scream and howl, he told KOLR. And it worked.

The bear came down from the tree and wandered away through the woods.

“I think we’re pretty lucky that the way it all turned out,” Roach said, KOLR reported. “I can’t imagine he was anything but curious. My wife would love for me to say, you know, that he was curious, not angry. Fortunately, he was not in a position like a real assault, because otherwise it would have turned out differently. “

Once he was sure the bear was gone, Roach got out and headed for his truck a quarter of a mile away, KARE reported.

The bear could have killed him if he wanted to, Roach realizes. It is not a thought that he allowed himself to entertain at the time.

“Obviously at the time I tried not to think of something like that. Honestly, I was laughing a little about it because it’s one of those situations that obviously doesn’t happen every day, ”he told the station.

After a visit to the emergency room, he recovered well. Doctors tell him it’s likely the bite won’t even leave a scar, Roach said.

“I think that makes it a little less believable because I think people feel like if a bear bites you, you’re missing something,” he told KARE. “So besides being a cool story, it can also be an educational tool.”

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