Two Northwest College wrestlers are lucky enough to be alive after brawling with a giant grizzly bear during a weekend hunting trip in the woods near Cody, Wyoming.
The group of four teammates had finished antler hunting and split into two groups heading to their vehicles when wrestler Brady Lowry noticed bear droppings in the lane.
“I was seeing bear shit all over the place and I looked at Kenny and said, ‘Here’s a grizzly bear,'” Lowry told KSL-TV, referring to teammate Kendell Cummings, who stayed with him to check for more shed antlers. “And right after I said that, the bear came out of the willows. It was fat. It came at me and attacked me and grabbed me off this cliff in this ravine and went at me a little bit.”
The bear then chewed Lowry’s arm, breaking it immediately. His teammate Cummings then used his wrestling skills to attack the bear, he told KSL-TV. He said he kicked the bear, pulled its fur and tried to distract it before releasing Lowry and starting chasing it. “It grabbed me, chewed me up a bit, and then when it was done, it wandered away and I started calling for Brady to make sure he was okay,” Cummings told the TV network from the hospital .
Lowry, who was able to get back up, then ran to find the other teammates who were in front of them. They called 911 and returned to search for Cummings, only to find the bear had returned for a second attack.
“We heard Kenny scream and he came out of the trees where the bear was and was covered in blood. He came down to us. Gus ran toward him, and we were probably five miles from where we parked and about a mile to the bottom of the hill,” he said, referring to August Harrison.
Cummings, who was clearly lucky to have survived both attacks, described the horrifying ordeal to KSL-TV. “The bear circled back around and got me again, chewing on me, and then it got my head and my cheek,” Cummings said. “And then for some reason it went away.”
A local hunter then helped the young men to the trailhead, where they were met by first responders. Cummings was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Billings, Montana, and Lowry was taken by ambulance.
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department, which monitors bears in the area, confirmed the attack in a press release, warning that there are many bears in the area and describing the attack on the wrestlers as a “sudden, surprise” encounter with a grizzly bear . “In the area where the attack took place, reports from landowners and hunters indicate there may be as many as 10 different bears moving between farm fields and low hillsides,” spokesman Dan Smith said. “Game and Fish will continue to monitor bear activity in the area and will work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to make management decisions in the best interests of public safety.”
It is not clear if the bear will be euthanized once identified.
The two injured wrestlers will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, trainer Jim Zeigler told Fox News. “There are really serious punctures and wounds,” he said, referring to Cummings’ facial wounds. “He’s had a lot of braces on his head and also some cosmetic surgery on his cheek.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/wyoming-college-wrestlers-fight-off-fierce-grizzly-bear-in-surprise-attack?source=articles&via=rss Wyoming College wrestlers battle the ferocious grizzly bear in a ‘sneak attack’.