Ex-Marine Survives Grizzly Attack Then 175 Mile Trek
Ex-Marine and Anchorage resident Donald "Skip" Sanford was out in the Alaskan wilderness with his hunting group - hunting moose. They were hunting about five miles upriver from Maclaren River Lodge. Skip had gone back out to retrieve a hand-held radio he had dropped on the way. He first saw the bear when it was about 75 yards away. The grizzly started charging towards Skip. He had time to get one shot from his rifle, before the grizzly attacked. It chomped on Skip's head, leaving deep wounds on his neck and back near his kidneys, partially ripping off an ear. The attack continued for 45 seconds.
Back at the camp after hearing the shot, hunting partner Monty Dyson turned on his radio. “He was just mumbling. ‘Monty, a bear got me. A bear got me,’ ” said Dyson, who started walking toward the sound of the shot and found his friend covered in blood. Dyson told his son to get a boat ready. Skip managed to walked back to the camp, which took an hour, then floated down the river, then was airlifted 175 miles to an Anchorage hospital. Alaska State troopers request help from the Air Guard, due to the remoteness of the location to fly Skip out.
Skip is now in fair condition. Joe Snyder one of the helpers at the lodge, describes him as “tougher than nails” ex-Marine and a Vietnam veteran. Dyson went out to retrieve Skip's backpack, and found it close to a moose carcass. It is believed the grizzly was just protecting its kill. From The Washington Post.