Man brawls with mama bear, lives to tell the tale


A North Carolina man duked it out with a mother black bear when it charged him as he worked in his driveway.

Sonny Pumphrey, 78, was at his home Tuesday when he noticed two bear cubs and their mother near him. Pumphrey said as the bear prepared to attack, he punched it “right dead on the point of the nose.” 

“And when I did, she went down and started trying to bite me,” Pumphrey said.

“I’m just continue pounding and pounding  and pounding and she’s continuing trying to bite me. And like I said.  She got a hold of me and then shook me a little bit, then she let  go and she took a swat at me and when she took a swat at me she knocked me about 8 feet over on the concrete.”

The bear ran off after Pumphrey’s wife came out of the house and fired a shot into the air. Pumphrey was bitten on the hip and will receive rabies shots as a precaution.

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