WATCH: Wyoming Man Describes Shooting Himself While Fighting Bear
You can watch the smiling hunter tell his story in the video below.
A Wyoming man's fight with a bear is making national news.
This hunter was attacked by a bear and, while fighting it, he accidentally shot himself in the leg.
It's the fact that he shot himself that has everyone's attention. If he had killed the bear with that shot it might have only been local news.
He's smiling because he's still alive, and he's proud of his son.
The story goes like this:
Lee Francis, 65, was hunting with his 40-year-old son in the Rock Creek area along the Sawtooth mountains in western Wyoming.
A grizzly bear attacked him. During the struggle, Francis was able to retrieve his handgun and fire several rounds. The noise scared the bear and he fled.
However, authorities said one of the shots hit Francis in his lower leg.
It's a good thing Lee Francis was not alone. His son called emergency services using a satellite phone while administering first aid care to his father.
About that phone, if you are in the backcountry, never travel alone and keep stuff like that with you.
It was getting dark. Francis' son was able to get him on a horse. The two traveled to a nearby lake to meet rescuers, thus saving a lot of time.
Further aid was given to Francis, who was then taken to a life flight helicopter and flown to University of Utah Hospital for further treatment. Wyoming Game and Fish were notified of the incident and are conducting an investigation into the attack. (USA TODAY).
I was looking for videos that might offer the worst advice - EVER - on how to survive a bear attack.
WOW did I find a DOOZY!
You can watch the video below.
You'll want to stick with the video because the more you watch the more bizarre it gets.
Honestly, the first few minutes I was thinking, 'Gee this looks like great advice.'
THEN IT GOT WEIRD!
That statement above is SO TRUE!
You can literally use anything you can think of and nobody is going to call you out for bad sportsmanship.
Just be warned that bears understand this too.
So expect the bear to fight dirty.
The good news is that you'll probably be able to think of more clever ideas on how to fight dirty than the bears. Unless you're frozen in panic, then the bear has the advantage.
Step 2 is actually good advice. Don't run. Bears love to chase things kind of like cats does.
But I'm not so sure about this next step.
You'll just have to see what I mean by watching the video.
You can try to freak out the bear with puzzles and quizzes but most bears are pretty good at that kind of stuff.
DO NOT engage the bear in a game of Trivial Pursuit. You'll lose.
I'm betting I can beat a bear at chess. But maybe not checkers.
Step 11 only works if you have some back knowledge of the bear's personal life.
I'm not sure I'd go here because I don't know too many bears personally.
Then again you'd have to ask what the bear might know about you.
What if the bear has some dirt on you that outdoes the dirt you have on him?
If all this seems odd, wait till you watch the video. It does not end the way you think.
The end of the video takes you to the bear's home planet in the bear spaceship.
YEAH - told you it got weird.
The video is below. ENJOY!
OH and - don't take any of this advice. REALLY - don't.