Son saves his father’s life by punching a bear in the face as it attacked them while they were hunting in Sweden
- The pair were hunting a 22 stone female bear in rural Sweden on Monday
A teenager managed to save his father from being mauled by a furious bear in rural Sweden by punching it in the face.
The father-son duo, who have not yet been named, were reportedly pursuing a 22 stone female bear in Ljusdal, roughly 180 miles north of Stockholm, on Monday when it suddenly turned around and pinned the older man, according to a local hunter.
The son managed to hit the bear in its head as it lacerated his father’s face, Jonny Sjoblom, the hunter leading a local cull of the overgrowing brown bear population, said.
The bear turned and bit the young man in the wrist, but this gave the father enough time to shoot it dead, Sjoblom told local media.
Both were taken to hospital. While the father’s facial injuries are said to be serious, they were not life-threatening.
Bears have attacked an average of 44 people a year since 2000, but only 15% are fatal
Ljusdal is a remote town in Sweden that lies roughly 180 miles north of Stockholm
Northen Sweden is facing a bear epidemic, as growing populations are wreaking havoc on farmers and reindeer herders
Benny Gafvert, a predator expert at the Swedish branch of the WWF, said that the duo were lucky, as the bear was small compared to some of the larger ones shot in the recent cull, which have weighed up to 340kg.
‘It wasn’t a giant bear, but if you compare it to a dog, for example, it was significantly bigger, stronger and with more power in its jaws,’ he told a local public broadcaster.
‘The bear is an apex predator and is not accustomed to being hunted. If they are threatened or injured, they are capable of killing humans, although that is not their intention.
‘Bears are highly intelligent animals and mainly want to neutralise any threat in order to get away,’ he added.
Northern Sweden is facing a growing bear problem, as the roughly 3,000-strong population in the region are causing huge problems for local farmers and herders.
Up to 50,000 reindeer are killed each year by brown bears.
In response, Swedish authorities have approved the largest bear cull in decades, and hunters are allowed to shoot up to 649 bears.
Population growth among brown bears is a recent trend, with experts saying that conservation and reforestation efforts have led to the furry surge.
Despite this, bear attacks on humans are relatively rare.
According to a study published in the Scientific Reports journal, since 2000, bears have attacked an average of 44 human beings across the world every year.
Only a small proportion of these, 15%, end with a human life being taken.
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