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.