700-Pound Black Bear Attacks During Man’s First Bear Hunt


Patrick Finger of Washington County, Wisconsin, needs new boots. Not because he lost his shoes or because his current boots are worn out. It’s because a 700-pound bear, nicknamed the “Pig Bear” he shot during his first bear hunt attacked him, starting with his boots and working its way up toward his face. Amazingly, Finger survived the attack by the massive bear.

BearTCpic Photo by Dave Proden

The bear was on top of me, clawing at me. Even though he weighed so much, I don’t remember his weight crushing me. I just kept trying to push him away from my face, yelling at [my guide] to shoot the bear… I’m kind of glad I didn’t know how big he really was at the time. I may have reacted differently.

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Photos: Missouri Department of Conservation (top); Dave Proden (above)

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.