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A hunter who survived an attack by a 500-pound grizzly bear in Montana is being attacked on social media by animal lovers who say 'it's a shame the bear didn't finish him off.'
Bob Legasa, 57, was out bow hunting for elk in Livingston, just north of Yellowstone National Park, on October 13 with his friend when he was mauled by the grizzly.
Hunter - Grizzly - Sow - Cub - Yards
The hunter said he didn't even notice the grizzly sow and her cub until he was just 12 yards away.
'We walked up to within 12 yards when we all saw each other and before I could even reach for my bear spray she was at full charge,' Legasa said.
'I - Arm - Someone - Face
'I was able to get my arm up to someone at protect my face when she knocked me over.'
The bear clawed Legasa's face, gashed and fractured his arm and punctured his wrist with her teeth.
Hunting - Partner - Greg - Gibson - Steps
He said his hunting partner Greg Gibson was just a few steps behind him but was able to grab his bear spray and give one shot in the grizzly's direction.
'She reared up and came towards him... he was able to give her one more blast where she and her cub retreated,' he said.
Legasa - Hospital - Livingston - Bozeman - Surgery
Legasa was able to get to a hospital in Livingston and then Bozeman to have surgery to clean the wound and prevent infection.
He received a tetanus shot and started rabies treatment.
Arm - Spots - Mouth - Couple - Scratches
'My arm is broken in two spots where she grabbed on with her mouth and I have a nice couple of scratches...
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