(CNN)An Alaska man was able to bind up his wounds and call 911 after being mauled by a brown bear that bit him multiple times on the head.
Allen Minish, 61, was conducting a land survey near Gulkana when “he unknowingly walked up on an adult brown bear,” according to a dispatch from Alaska State Troopers Department of Public Safety.
Minish was alone and about half mile from the road when the bear charged him, the report said.
“All of the sudden, I looked up, and about 30 feet away, there was this nice-sized brown bear,” Minish told CNN affiliate KTUU. “And it looked at me, and it came at me. And I thought, ‘Great.'”
Minish tried to take shelter behind some shrubs, but they didn’t provide any protection, he told KTUU. He fell backwards as the bear approached him and grabbed its lower jaw to try to keep it from biting him.
“Because if you grab a dog’s lower jaw, it can’t bite you,” he told KTUU. “So I got a hole punched in my hand with its molar, but he couldn’t close his mouth. And all he did was scratch my hand with his upper one.”
But the bear shook its head and knocked his hand away.
“When he did that, he lunged, grabbed my head, took the first bite, relaxed, and took the second bite, that was stronger,” he told KTUU. “And that’s when he cracked all the bones and part of my head.”
The bear let him go and Minish rolled on the ground … Click here to read more.