After his friend shot a bear near Sand Stone, Minnesota, hunter Brandon Johnson set out to track the wounded animal armed with a five-inch knife.
“We wanted to give it four hours before we went out and looked for it to make sure the animal had expired,” Johnson told USA Today.
However, the bear wasn’t dead. When Johnson approached it, the 525-pound marauding beast attacked him.
“One tooth of the bear just broke the (left arm) bone right in half,” Johnson explained.
Severely injured, Johnson fought for his life by stabbing the bear with the knife.
“It’s just going to town on my hand and I just keep stabbing it and stabbing it and stabbing away and I am screaming and yelling,” he said.
The bear retreated, but soon returned for a second assault.
“I could feel like all the energy and adrenaline I had built up was leaving,” he said.
Once again, Johnson stabbed at the animal and, once again, it fled — only to return for a third time. The hunter thought he was doomed.
“Once I got to the point where I thought I was going to die, and I got myself to the point where I was ready to die, there was no more fear,” he said.
The bear picked up Johnson by the leg and slammed him to the ground. Then it left the scene. Finally, helped arrived. Johnson’s friends found him and helped him out of the woods to where an ambulance was waiting.
The next day Johnson’s friends located the dead bear. It was approximately 50 feet from where Johnson was attacked.