A bear injured a 71-year-old man inside his home Monday evening after entering through a screen door and swiping the man multiple times with its claws when the two had a surprise encounter in his kitchen.
The man was downstairs watching TV with his wife when he heard noises coming from upstairs. After going up the stairs and turning a corner into his kitchen, he was face-to-face with a bear. The man and the sow then engaged in what was described as a boxing match, as the man tried to fend off this sow bear that attacked after the surprise run-in. The wife rushed upstairs and hit the bear multiple times with a baseball bat, causing the bear to run away outside of the home. A cub was inside the home with the sow, and ran away with its mother after the encounter.
The man received a number of lacerations to his face, chest and both arms. He was treated at the scene, but was not taken to a hospital.