Bear saves man in mountain lion attack

At least one man’s best friend is not his dog — it’s a wild bear that saved him from a mountain lion attack.

Thor, left, and Boo, denizens of the Detroit Zoo, recreate the epic bear, mountain lion scrap. (AP photo)

Thor, left, and Boo, denizens of the Detroit Zoo, recreate the epic bear/mountain lion scrap. (AP photo)

ParadisePost.com reports the unusual tale of Robert Biggs, 69, who was roaming the woods of north-central California Monday when the giant cat jumped him.

Biggs, a photographer who enjoys getting close to nature, but probably not this close, was initially saved by his backpack, which was “up around his head” and prevented the panther from landing a mortal blow.

After tussling with the panther for a few seconds, a bear appeared and battled the mountain lion for about 15 seconds, Biggs said, before the cat fled.

The bear left Biggs alone, and he suffered only relatively minor bites, bruises and bite marks.

Biggs told the Paradise, Calif., publication that he had been taking pictures of the bear and her cub before the mountain lion attacked him. He said he had taken pictures of the mother bear before, and had even played with an earlier cub.

Sounds like he owes momma bear a framed family portrait.

78 comments Add your comment

Just for Laughs

March 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

He should at least get her a picnic basket!

Duh

March 28th, 2012
3:04 pm

You could’ve at least spelled it like everyone is saying it in their heads…

A Pic-A-Nic basket…..

Janey

March 28th, 2012
3:05 pm

How do we know that this is true?

George Mathis

March 28th, 2012
3:10 pm

‘Cause he was saved by a bear, not Bigfoot!

Sasha

March 28th, 2012
3:13 pm

He should have given her and her cub some of his food. :) Great story :)

Chae

March 28th, 2012
3:42 pm

It may be that the bear perceived the mountain lion as a bigger threat to her cubs. The photographer may not have really entered into the equation at all.

willydoit?

March 28th, 2012
3:50 pm

“He should at least get her a picnic basket!”

I believe that would be a pic-A-nic, Boo Boo!!

Jrev

March 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

What a moron. If anyone hasn’t seen the documentary Grizzly Man, it will show you that Bears and humans are not really meant to interact like dogs and humans. This guy is so lucky and should buy a lottery ticket today. Bears will not think twice about gobbling humans up, no matter how hard humans may try to warm up to them. I hope no one actually thinks the bear did it to save the poor human. If an adult bear is hungry at all, it’s bye-bye human, without severe luck or a gun on your side.

jarvis

March 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

I cll bullschlitz.

jarvis

March 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

“call” that is.

Brian30101

March 28th, 2012
3:55 pm

A man is walking through the forest when all the sudden he begins to be chased by a bear. Just as the bear was about the catch him the man screamed out “Lord Jesus, grant me this last request and I’ll be forever your servant, let this bear do the Christian thing”. The bear stopped just as it was about to bite the man, fell to one knee, put its claws together and began to pray. “Dear lord, I thank you for this meal I am about to recieve”.

urban redneck

March 28th, 2012
3:55 pm

if he were armed, he could have killed the nasty mountain lion and the nosy bear.

willydoit?

March 28th, 2012
4:00 pm

Maybe he was really saved by Sasquatch and is just telling everyone that it was a bear so the folks from the Finding Bigfoot reality show will leave Harry alone!

Silly Rabbit

March 28th, 2012
4:01 pm

Thank goodness for that nosey bear.

The MAN

March 28th, 2012
4:02 pm

He needs to be a cub fan or shop at cub foods. The “Bears”.

Brian30101

March 28th, 2012
4:02 pm

The bear was brown, had he shot it Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be demanding his arrest. The Black Panther Party would be looking to pin a medal on the cat

Silly Rabbit

March 28th, 2012
4:14 pm

Now, that was so uncalled for Brian30101. Are we really surprised at the events taking place with Trayvon vs. Zimmerman given the mentality of America. And, I’m a white woman!

TMartin – are you serious????? You think that’s cute.

George Mathis, you need to remove TMartin’s 4:06 post!!!

Krayzie

March 28th, 2012
4:18 pm

After tussling with the panther for a few seconds, a bear appeared and battled the mountain line for about 15 seconds, Biggs said, before the cat fled.

“line” should be “lion”

Roekest

March 28th, 2012
4:22 pm

I knew it!

Bears can be trained as bodyguards. I’m on it!

Glenda

March 28th, 2012
4:38 pm

Hey Jrev: You need to know the REAL truth about bears, not all of them attack people. Please go to http://www.bear.org where you can learn about bears. This research has been done by a leading researchers for years and he does not use tranquilizers to approach them. It is people like you that give bears a bad name. GROW UP AND GET A LIFE!!!!!

TMartin's 4:06 post is hillarious

March 28th, 2012
4:39 pm

Enter your comments here

David

March 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

The bear was protecting her cub. End of story.

rydell

March 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

He’s lucky he was Bear-Backed!!! LMAO

Silly Rabbit

March 28th, 2012
5:01 pm

TMartin’s 4:06 is not hilarious, and only a PUNK such as yourself would hide like you are!

230gr Full Metal Jacket

March 28th, 2012
5:03 pm

David is correct. The bear only attacked the Mountain Lion because it was perceived as a threat to her cub, NOT because she gave a flying **** about the man. Despite what some tree-huggers want to believe, bears and humans are NEVER a good mix and there are NO known species that will not attack humans if they feel provoked or if they feel that their territory is being infringed upon. Admittedly, very few species will actively hunt humans except polar bears, but even a “harmless” black bear such as can be found in the North Georgia mountains is a very dangerous animal if the situation isn’t just right. Humans, especially hikers, should always show a bit of common sense and give ALL bears a wide berth.

jethro

March 28th, 2012
5:07 pm

That story makes my day :-)

Cayce

March 28th, 2012
5:11 pm

It was likely a black bear and not a grizzly or he may have ended up as bear food.

Steve

March 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

I think Chae hit it on the head and most folks aren’t even paying attention.

Put simply, the Mountain Lion was encroaching on the Bears territory and was a far bigger threat to her cubs that a tree-huggin’ photographer. End of story.

And despite what Jrev said, bears can become dependent on humans if from the birth and if not challenged can co-exist thru adulthood .. though anyone stupid enough to risk it would be about as stupid as living with a chimpanzee or gorilla.

woodrow

March 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

The bear probably had dibs on his arse. Saving him up for a nice snack.

Cmon man

March 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

So instead of admitting that the hooker he was having an affair with caused the scratches/bruises he came up with this?

C’mon man

Spud

March 28th, 2012
6:45 pm

I knew Yogi could take Snagglepuss any day of the week. This proves it!

Alex Teodorescu

March 28th, 2012
6:46 pm

Looks like he “bearly” survived!

Haroon Qureshi

March 28th, 2012
6:53 pm

Do you think he is telling the truth, or is he just “lion?”

jo

March 28th, 2012
6:58 pm

I live near Paradise and I am calling this story complete and utter BS.. Mountain Lions (not called panthers here) will try to stay miles away from a mother bear and her cubs. They are not stupid unlike the photographer who should know better than to wander aimlessly and unaware in Mountain lion country. We all know that. As for a cat attaching a full grown man? I’m not buying that either. As for the bear allowing him to play with her cubs??? Are you kidding me? I want to see these pictures… BTW the only grizzlies left in California are the ones seen on the flag and residing in the zoo

Jake

March 28th, 2012
7:02 pm

I believe the story and I also believe that the Mama Bear didn’t want harm done to the photographer because she knows him. BTW George I really enjoy reading your blog.

jo

March 28th, 2012
7:10 pm

Ok so after reading the original story, the photographer’s story sounds more plausible. Mr. Mathis you really missed the mark here. Your re-writing of the story put words in the guy’s mouth, over simplifies his statements and generally takes a well written story and turns it into something my 10 year old would write. Maybe you should stick to writing about stuff in your own neck of the woods (pun intended)

mojo322

March 28th, 2012
7:10 pm

If a man speaks out in a forest and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong???

sorry had to do it:)

cbgb

March 28th, 2012
7:38 pm

And I was worried we had a communist in the White House. My bad.

Jake

March 28th, 2012
7:42 pm

Off topic: It saddens me to see such mean posters on the web. I read a lot of blogs for information and enjoyment. I see more and more mean posters that insult for no reason, and they seem so filled with anger. No wonder there are so many children that are bullies.

david

March 28th, 2012
8:26 pm

nobody can really think this is true. oh ya its atlanta.

merl

March 28th, 2012
10:19 pm

just what i was thinking, duh.

mojo322

March 28th, 2012
10:42 pm

I agree with most of the posters here, I think the bear was protecting her cub. Just like any animal does when another animal gets near their young. This guy is lucky to be alive.

ben

March 29th, 2012
1:22 am

I’m going to have to go ahead and call BS on this story. I don’t believe a single word of it.

marti

March 29th, 2012
2:14 am

was it a panther or a mountain lion? they are not the same, not that it makes any difference!

UM

March 29th, 2012
6:43 am

Jack Yan

March 29th, 2012
6:52 am

How appropriate a Smokey the Bear ad appeared on the page when I browsed this entry.

Grandma

March 29th, 2012
8:49 am

What a bunch of cynics. Why is this so hard to believe? Animals have done stranger things.

George Mathis

March 29th, 2012
8:56 am

From what I have read, a panther and mountain lion (and puma, catamount, etc) are the same creature.

Filipe caloronie

March 29th, 2012
8:59 am

Animals have done stranger things…had my snitzadoodle terrier not fetched the paper for me I would not have known about this story……granted, I had him read it to me 3 times before I really gave it serious consideration…….

D

March 29th, 2012
9:05 am

photos of bite mark or cuts from attack would be nice over some bears at a zoo playing.