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Ex-boxer, Black Bear Go a Round Over Her Cub, His Dog Maggie

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By    |   Friday, 08 Jul 2016 08:13 AM

An ex-boxer and a black bear went a brief round in the Ontario woods, and 61-year-old Rick Nelson said he got in two good punches before escaping the angry mama with only scratches across his face and some cuts, reported CBC News.

Nelson said he was walking his dog last Sunday afternoon in the Panache region in the Sudbury district when he came across a bear cub and realized immediately that the mother could not be far behind.

"I sat down on a log and the bear cub poked its head out of the shrub nearby," the self-described former boxer and bear hunter told CBC News. "It was so close I could touch it. It let out a yelp, because I scared the heck out of it."

"I knew right away I was in trouble. It's calling for mommy. The mother was coming full speed. All you could hear was the bush crashing." 

Nelson told the National Post he could have run away but didn't think he could save his dog, Maggie. He said he ended up stepping in between the bear, which was now standing on its hind legs, and his dog.

He said it was a black bear and estimated it weighed about 300 pounds.

"I was thinking through it enough to look around and see if was there anything I could use as a weapon," said Nelson. "But after that, no, it was pure instinct. So the mother came crashing through and I knew it meant business."

"… It just came straight at me. When it stood up and took its first swing with its left paw, it hooked my front shoulder and as I swung around I went to hit it but I missed because it hit me so hard. I hit it in the lip and teeth, which actually did a lot of damage to my knuckle. And it went down."
 
In his National Post account, Nelson said he followed up with an uppercut to the bear's snout after the bear used its right paw to catch him in the back.

"That's the first moment where I felt fear," said Nelson. "Up until then, I just thought, 'OK, I have to get ready, here it comes.' But in that moment, when it turned around and looked at me, I thought, 'Ah, s***.' You know? What's it going do? But right then the cub called again. And the bear just turned around and walked away, like it had never even met me."

Nelson said he didn't go to the hospital and cleaned up his own injuries.

The Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry told CBC News it hadn't received any reports of bear attacks this year so far, adding that black bear attacks are rare and usually only happen if the bear feels threatened.

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An ex-boxer and a black bear went a brief round in the Ontario woods, and 61-year-old Rick Nelson said he got in two good punches before escaping the angry mama with only scratches across his face and some cuts.
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