Ed Golder, a Michigan DNR public information officer, says a man went out hunting and that the bear attacked him while he was sitting in a blind. He says the man stabbed the bear in the shoulder, the bear took off, and that the man suffered non-life threatening injuries…”
“..The bear came up behind me, knocked me on the ground,” Davis said. “I rolled over, scratched me a little bit. Took my knife, hit him with the knife and he took off running. I didn’t see him until I rolled over. I wasn’t even sure what knocked me to the ground. I was shocked. I never even thought my entire life I’d ever be that close to a bear.”
There was a report of a bear attack in Tennessee a couple of weeks back, but that turned out to be a hoax. I keep checking back, hoping to read that it was a knife attack because I thought it would make good blog fodder, but there still hasn’t been an update.
I encounter bears from time to time when fishing in the Smokies. I have never had an aggressive encounter, even the time I came upon a mama and her cubs.It was a couple of years ago, but I crested a mobile-home sized boulder when I saw a mama and 3 cubs. I hunkered down and waved my clients up to watch. She was between us and the cubs, and was not looking alarmed, but was obviously aware of our presence. She circled back to the trailing cub and nipped it on the butt, shepherding it and the rest of her brood across the river and up through the rhododendrons.
It was one of the coolest things I have ever witnessed.