A former black bear hunter has punched a bear and survived to tell the tale. Meet Canadian Rick Nelson, as the story goes, our 61-year-old hero was walking his dog this past Sunday when he found a bear cub in his path. Cute right? No, definitely not cute. The cub yelped which in bear language means, “mom come over here and kill what scared me. Nelson says himself that he knew what that little noise was. “I knew right away I was in trouble,” he explains. “It’s calling for mommy.”
That’s when the 300-pound mama bear came rushing full speed toward Nelson — and he had no rocks or sticks to defend himself, just years of boxing practice. His solution? Throwing a haymaker at its snout. He adds, “I knew it would swing first with its left, but it would really come with its right, because most bears are right-handed.” Noted.
After he connected the cub started squealing and ran away — and mama bear followed. In the end, Nelson has some scratches, bruises and a great story about how he took down a freaking black bear. I feel manlier just reading this.