A 55-year-old man from Indiana is one lucky guy. He was hiking in Alaska’s Denali National Park when he was attacked by a full-grown grizzly bear. The man who has not been named was hiking in ‘dense fog’ on Monday when he was attacked by the bear and two cubs.
How did he survive? Well, when he was knocked to the ground he managed to fend the animals off with bear spray. The bear left quickly after the attack, the park said, and the man was able to walk 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) to the Eielson Visitor Center, which is 66 miles (106 kilometers) from the park entrance. He suffered multiple wounds but is currently in stable condition at a hospital in Fairbanks.
Grizzly bears are federally protected animals and are a threatened species. According to the National Wildlife Federation, there are fewer than 1,500 grizzlies left in the lower forty-eight states in America. However, grizzly bears thrive in Alaska where they have a population of about 31,000.