Man Survives Bear Attack

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP -- A 21-year-old Walloon Lake bow hunter who fended off an attack by multiple black bears while trapped in a tree stand in northern Lower Michigan is disputing the state's version of his story.
Chad Fortune tells The Detroit Free Press he punched, kicked and screamed at two of four "full-grown" bears that made separate attempts Saturday evening to climb into the stand about 15 feet off the ground in Emmett County's Bear Creek Township.
Fortune was rescued about two hours later, and needed 40 stitches for a gash in his leg.
Department of Natural Resources and Environment officials said Fortune was attacked by a sow bear after two of her young cubs unsuccessfully tried to climb into the stand. Officials suggested the attack may have been caused by the smell of fried food on Fortune's clothing.

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  • by James Location: Lansing on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Once again the DNR is full of it! I believe the victim is telling the truth. How in the world could the DNR possibly know what happened if they were not there? Where is their basis of proof that it was only one bear that attacked, instead of two, as the victim stated? The DNR downplays these sort of things all the time, and it's not surprising to me at all. The DNR still denies that cougar live in Michigan, and it probably has something to do with the tourist industry and not wanting people to get nervous about coming to Michigan. It's too bad the victim has to dispute someone that wasn't even there to witness the attack. He's lucky to be alive and the DNR has to come along and cause trouble? How sad.
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