Minnesota Hunter Stops Black Bear Attack With Knife

Minnesota Hunter Stops Black Bear Attack With Knife

bear-1A Minnesota hunting party became the hunted when a 525-pound black bear they had wounded with an arrow suddenly attacked.

Hunting in woodlands near Duxbury, Minn., a small community approximately one-and-a-half hours south of Deluth, the group spotted and legally shot the bear late Friday evening. After waiting four hours, the men tracked the blood trail several miles from their camp through dense swampland. Upon locating the animal, one member of the party approached the bear only to quickly realize the hunt wasn't over.

"And that's when they yelled 'It's big and it's coming your way.' All of the sudden I heard him screaming—felt like 10 minutes, but was probably 2 minutes—literally screaming, screaming and you knew he was being mauled," Craig Lindstrom, one of the hunters, told local news Kare11.

As the bear mauled the unnamed man—one arm trapped in the bears mouth—he managed to produce a knife and stab the bear upwards of 20 times before it finally ran off. His fellow hunter, a fireman trained in emergency response, immediately began first aid, saving his life.

"I thought he was dead 10 to 15 times. He would fall down and he told us about telling his parents, his fiancée, his kids—'Tell them I love them,'" said Lindstrom. It took the group three hours to lead the man half a mile out of the woods to where they could call 911.

The victim was airlifted to a local hospital where he was treated for two broken arms and wounds to his face, torso and legs. He is in stable condition despite the traumatic list of injuries he sustained. The remaining members of the group returned to retrieve the bear, which they found dead 50 yards from the scene of the attack.

This was the second reported black bear attack from the weekend. In New Jersey, a bear attacked and killed a 22-year-old Rutgers student while hiking with friends in the Apshawa Preserve near West Milford Township. The bear was immediately shot when the rescue unit found it still at the scene.

Recommended for You


New TRUGLO Bowfishing EZ•Rest

May 23, 2019

Brush-style bowfishing arrow rest and kits designed for simplicity and reliability.

Field Tested: Lightweight Raingear

David Draper - May 30, 2019

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather.

Trout & Salmon

How to Catch the Biggest Trout in the Stream

David Paul Williams

Several factors need to be evaluated before reaching a conclusion about what fly, lure or...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

13 Fishing Pathfinder Weedless Walking Bait

Fresh off catching the biggest bass in ICAST Cup history, 13 Fishing pro Jessie Mizell shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the new Big Squirm soft plastic worm and the company's unique Pathfinder topwater walking bait that is totally weedless in design.

MLF Pro Tips: How to Fish a New Lake

Major League Fishing pros Alton Jones, Jeff Sprague, Anthony Gagliardi and James Watson share their thoughts on how to approach fishing a new lake for bass.

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Pro angler Jonathan VanDam showcases new offerings at ICAST 2019, including the ultra-thin, big bait boxes, LED-lighted boxes and backpack-able gear lockers. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories


Top 10 Biggest Pike World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - August 19, 2015

While wildly popular amongst anglers around the world, the IGFA World Record book shows the...

Other Freshwater

3 Deadly Bait Rigs For Stripers

J.B. Kasper - April 21, 2005

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers.

Other Freshwater

5 Great Lures For Bluegills

Stephen D. Carpenteri - March 10, 2011

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures?

See More Stories

More News


Behemoth Georgia Gator Wows the Internet

Scott Bernarde - March 07, 2019

But was it the biggest alligator ever recorded in Peach State history?


Elk Quest 2018

The Revolution with Jim & Trav

This week on "The Revolution with Jim and Trav" we're talking public land elk hunting, calling...


Game Warden Stories: Ornery Badger, Out-of-Bounds Golf, Sign Stealer

Game & Fish Online Staff - August 24, 2018

Wildlife officers face a myriad of incidents when in the field.

See More News

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.