While most people (including myself) would curl up in a ball and cry like a baby while they were subsequently mauled to death in a cacophony of roars and screams, Chase Dellwo did the opposite during a Grizzly encounter outside of Choteau, Montana. In an article by the Great Falls Tribune, Dellwo recounted his tale of a bowhunting trip gone awry.
On Saturday, Chase and his brother headed out in search of an Elk to harvest with their bows. While rain and snow fell and the wind blew between 30-40 mph, the two spotted a herd of an Elk and Chase volunteered to flank the herd in order to push them up to the spot where his brother waited with his bow. While hiking up a drainage, Chase walked right up to a sleeping bear, who due to the wind could not smell his oncoming presence.
Dellwo did not have time to fire an arrow and was consequently knocked down by the Grizzly, who proceeded to gnaw on his head.
The Grizzly eventually let go and according to Dellwo, “he was still on top of me roaring the loudest roar I have ever heard.”
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Dellwo then sat up when the bear returned and bit into his lower leg.
At this point Dellwo was blessed with a random memory from his grandmother. In an interview with the Great Falls Tribune Dellwo said, “I remembered an article that my grandmother gave me a long time ago that said large animals have bad gag reflexes,” to which he added “So I shoved my right arm down his throat.”
Apparently the article was true and The bear left.
After undergoing shock and resisting the urge to panic, he walked back to his brother’s position. Chase had bite marks on his head and face along with puncture wounds on his leg.
Initially, Shane thought that Chase had shot an Elk but was startled to hear his brother had been attacked. They immediately headed towards the Benefis Teton Medical Center, where nurses awaited Chase’s arrival. His wounds have since been treated and Chase should be released from the hospital in the coming days.
He was not carrying bear-spray at the time of the attack.
You Can Read the Entire Great Falls Tribune Article Here: Man fends off grizzly by shoving arm down its throat