A father of twins has been hailed a hero after he risked his life to protect his twin boys from being mauled by a large black bear.
Dave Chernosky from Aspen, Colorado, spoke of his terrifying experience with a bear he encountered face-to-face inside his home while protecting his twin sons who were sleeping downstairs.
When Dave heard a commotion in his kitchen on Friday morning, he knew something was wrong. He quickly rushed into the kitchen only to find a large black bear, which weighed about 400 pounds, standing at the refrigerator and throwing stuff around.
Keeping the kitchen island between himself and the bear, Dave tried to wheedle the bear out into the garage so it would leave. Yet the bear got frightened when he hit the garage door button, and it came back in the house and attacked him.
“We looked at each other, and he just smacked me in the side of the head and spun me around and got me again on the back,” Dave said.
“I literally heard it crack on my head. A bear paw is not soft and cushy.”
Dave managed to distance himself from the bear, though severely injured and bleeding heavily, he shouted at him to leave.
He explained: “I just knew if he didn’t leave, I was in big trouble, but fortunately, he was done at that point and just left.”
Dave was able to receive medical attention and have his wounds stitched up. The doctor said he was lucky the claws missed his eye and carotid artery.
Colorado parks and wildlife officials managed to track down the bear and put it to sleep.
Matt Yamashita, Area Wildlife Manager, said in a statement: “We never like to have to put an animal down, but the protection of the public is paramount once a bear begins entering homes and responding aggressively toward people.”
Dave is truly a brave father. He risked his life so that he could protect his twin boys. We thank God that he is safe and responding to treatment.
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