CHOTEAU, Mont. — A 26-year-old man survived a grizzly bear attack northwest of Choteau thanks to a magazine article given to him by his grandmother, according to the Great Falls Tribune.
Chase Dellwo received 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, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
“I want everyone to know that it wasn’t the bear’s fault, he was as scared as I was,” Dellwo told the newspaper from his hospital bed.
Dellwo and his brother Shane, 30, were elk hunting when Dellwo realized he was approaching a bear that had been sleeping.
The bear woke up and knocked Dellwo over, biting 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 then bit Dellwo’s lower leg and tossed him around.
That’s when he remembered the article from his grandmother, which said large animals have bad gag reflexes.
“So I shoved my right arm down his throat,” Dellwo said.
It worked. The bear left.