Hiker Fends off a Terrifying Bear Attack While Climbing Down a Mountain

Black Bear

Photo: [email protected]/Depositphotos (Not a photo of the actual event.)

A mountain climber was maneuvering down a rocky ridge on Mount Futago in the Saitama Prefecture of Japan, when he had a terrifying encounter. Suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, a black bear came and attacked him from behind. The climber fought back; from higher ground, he began screaming, kicking, and using a hammer fist in order to scare the creature and drive it away. It worked, and the bear eventually retreated.

The entire incident was captured on the climber’s GoPro camera. Watching the footage, it’s jarring to see the man making his way down the mountain and then suddenly having to defend himself. It becomes clear, however, why the attack occurred. “Looking back at the video,” the climber wrote in a YouTube caption, “it seems that [she] attacked to protect the cub.”

After driving the mom away, the climber saw the bears traveling down the mountain while he went back to its summit. He rested a bit and eventually descended himself, now with scratched and cut hands and a sprained wrist. But, it’s a small price to pay for making it back safe and sound.

Watch the video below.

A mountain climber was maneuvering down a rocky ridge on Mount Futago in Japan when he a bear attacked him. The terrifying incident was captured on his GoPro camera.

h/t: [Neatorama]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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