Then the bear squeezed through the window…: Survivor of an Ontario bear attack lives to tell the tale
When a black bear smashed its way into Joe Azougar’s remote cabin in Northern Ontario, the 30-year-old was sure he was going to die. But as the animal was gnawing on his skull, two campers heard him screaming and rushed to save him. National Post reporter Jake Edmiston spoke to the rare survivor of a bear attack over the phone Monday from his bed at Lady Minto Hospital in Cochrane, Ont.
Q: Can you describe what happened?
A: I ran as fast as I could. But he circled around me and threw me into a ditch. He got his teeth and started peeling the skin off my head. I’m screaming for help. I’m saying, “Oh, dear God, don’t let me die like this. Don’t let my family find me like this.” There was a sudden break, and I got an opportunity to curl into a little ball. But that exposed my shoulder and my armpit. He started chewing at that. just chewing and pulling, chewing and pulling. A couple of times, he tried to turn me onto my back me so he could pull my stomach and guts out. (BROOKE BOWERMAN)
When I was a kid sometimes I found it hard to sleep at my Grampie’s, because I knew there were bears in the woods and I kept imagining that they would come crashing through my window to eat me. Dad told me that the bears would be too lazy to try to get through my window and that I would be safe in my room.
WELL, DAD? WELL?