A Monterey resident is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a bear Friday evening. According to local reports, the bear was able to get within feet of the cyclist before he managed to ride off. The man, Douglas Erickson, told KSBW news that he was biking at around 6:15 p.m. when he noticed a black bear following him.
“I don’t even know where the bear was,” he told the news channel. “It was maybe 30 or 40 feet away or a second, a split second away.”
When the bear got very close, Erickson says he had the idea to swing his bike at the animal. He managed to avoid the bear, which then charged after him.
“I was able to pop my bike off the ground and stop it, and kick it, and get away from it and make my way back to my house,” Erickson told KSBW.
More photos from Monterey bear encounter. A Bay Area man rode off on his bike after a 200 pound bear came after him (video from Fox40). https://t.co/TPwgKLQ3iM pic.twitter.com/WNYgU3Bwgv — Sean Emery (@seanemeryTV) June 9, 2016
The family who lives next door told KSBW that Erickson’s ex-wife, Laurie Levett, admitted that the attack would have been much worse if the bear’s attacking had been intentional.
“She said that just landed on her a bit, that was pretty scary,” Erickson said. “But I’m alive, that’s the main thing.”
Read the full story at KSBW.
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