Like some sort of Cormac McCarthy character, a 67-year-old man fought a bear on his front porch and then drove himself to the hospital.
Around 4 a.m., the man, living in Midpines, a community just on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park, came onto his porch, where the man was then tackled by a California black bear, who was previously snacking on a bag of trash 20 feet from the front door.
The bear was feeding on a bag of trash left 20 feet from the man’s front door, Stoots said. The bear tackled the man and attacked him. But the man fought back, using his legs and arms, and eventually escaped back into his house.
“Bear attacks on humans are very uncommon,” said Lt. Chris Stoots of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who clarified that the drought has forced bears to go “great lengths to find food and water.”
The man is in stable condition, despite wounded hands and cuts to his arms, legs, and body. As for the bear, it disappeared, but will have to be euthanized when caught by officials, due to the severity of the attack.