Colin Dowler is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a grizzly bear in British Colombia, Canada. He was able to get the bear off using a pocket knife with a two-inch blade, but not before the bear nearly killed him.
Dowler was biking on a logging road 200 miles North of Vancouver when the attack happened. The bear appeared from around a bend in the trail about 100 feet away. As the bear continued toward him, he grabbed his hiking stick and put his bike between himself and the bear. The bear made it next to him when it made a hard turn to the left to get behind him.
He remembers negotiating with the bear, saying, “I know this is your territory, I’m just passing through – we don’t have to do this.”
The grizzly kept coming at him with “methodical, heavy swats” and – as those swats got heavier and stronger – Mr. Dowler threw his bike towards it.
That is when the bear bit deep into his abdomen.
“It was so much pain and weirdness, I could feel the hot blood,” he says. “I’m being rag-dolled, suspended by my flank by a bear carrying me.”
The bear dropped him 50 feet away and started taking bites out of his leg. He grabbed his pocket knife and stabbed the bear in the neck. He felt a rush of blood, and the bear walked off.
Dowel grabbed his bike and rode to a logging camp where he passed out. Five men found him and started to perform first aid.
“They just went to work, doing their best to save my life,” he said. “They’re truly the heroes of the story because there’s no way I would have made it without [them].”
He was flown to a Vancouver hospital where he is recovering slowly.
British Columbia banned grizzly bear hunting last year and attacks are on the rise. How long will the ban last before the people of BC decide to re-instate bear hunting?