Chase Dellwo came home from an elk-hunting excursion with a couple hundred stitches and staples in his head, some stitches on his face, a bruised and swollen left eye and deep puncture wounds on his right leg after tangling with a grizzly bear.

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The bear knocked Dellwo off his feet and bit down on the top and back of his head. “He let go, but he was still on top of me roaring the loudest roar I have ever heard,” Dellwo said. The bear left and Dellwo managed to sit up.

“He came back and bit my lower right leg and gave it a pretty good shake and threw me a ways,” he said.

The bear came after him again. “I remembered an article that my grandmother gave me a long time ago that said large animals have bad gag reflexes,” Dellwo said. “So I shoved my right arm down his throat.”

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