A bow hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear in Montana, resulting in a head wound that required 90 stitches to close.
“The bear just flat-out charged us,” Tom Sommer, 57, told TIME from his hospital bed on Tuesday. He said the bear was eating an elk carcass before charging at him and his hunting partner who were searching for elk.
“It bit my thigh, ran his claws through my wrist and proceeded to attack my head,” Sommer said. “I could hear bones crunching, just like you read about.”
When he and his hunting partner spotted the bear, his partner used bear spray to slow the animal down. But, Sommer struggled with his bear spray canister. He said he was unable release the safety on it, so he ran, dropping the spray in the process. He was, however, able to grab his pistol. But, Sommer recalled that the bear swatted his arm