Bowhunter Survives Grizzly Bear Mauling

Listen to the chilling true-life tale from bowhunter Bob Legasa as he recounts being attacked by a sow grizzly.
Bowhunter Survives Grizzly Bear Mauling

grizzlyFact: When some stories are shared and retold via social media, the actual facts of an event are often lost in translation. With that in mind, we are simply providing an in-his-own-words Facebook account of how bowhunter Bob Legasa recently survived a grizzly bear attack in Montana.

10-13-18 Facebook Post by Bob Legasa:

Before rumors spread and things get blown severely out of proportion, this morning I was mauled by a grizzly bear while bowhunting in Montana. Due to the closeness (12 yards), I did not have time to react besides getting into a defensive mode/stance.

My hunting partner Greg Gibson and I surprised a sow grizzly and her cub as we were moving in on some elk. We walked up to within 12 yards when we all saw each other. And before I could even reach for my bear spray, she was at full charge.

I was able to get my arm up to somewhat protect my face when she knocked me over. Greg was only a few steps behind me, and he was able to get his bear spray out and give one shot to the bear, which stopped her. She reared up and came toward him, and he was able to give her one more blast, causing her and the cub to retreat.

Readying myself for another attack, I was able to get my bear spray out of the holster, but unfortunately, during all the chaos, I sprayed myself.


My arm is broken in two spots where she grabbed on with her mouth, and I have a nice couple of scratches on my face where she got me with her claws.

grizzlyWe were able to make it to Livingston to the ER room. Because of the bear bite and my fractured bones, the doctors were afraid of infection, so they put me in an ambulance and sent me to Bozeman, where they needed to do surgery to clean out the wound.

I will be here until Monday [10-15-18] as they want the wound to drain, lessening the cause of any sort of infection. I just received an updated tetanus shot and started a series of rabies shots.

Huge shout out for my hunting partner Greg; his quick response minimized the damage and severity of this attack.

All in all, I’m in good shape. My arm is screwed up a little and sore, and my vision is good, I will be fine.

Huge shout out to the Livingston ER room and the Bozeman hospital and surgeons, nurses, etc. In a few days I’ll give you a little bit more of a update.

Click here to read about the increase in grizzly bear attacks, and recommendations from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on how to lessen the chances of a dangerous encounter.

Images from Bob Legasa Facebook

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