“I kind of pulled myself out and then stood around and turned in one motion to then face the bear and just started yelling and hollering, to say, ‘I get it, you’re here, but I need you to leave,’” Roach said.
After the bear climbed down from the tree, it lingered around for 30 to 45 minutes before eventually wandering off. Roach talked to a friend on the phone as he hiked the quarter-mile back to his truck.
He made a trip to the emergency room, where he received the rabies vaccine, which he said hurt worse than the actual bear bite. Doctors told him he’d probably have no scars from the incident.
“I think it makes it a little less believable because I think people are under the impression if a bear bites you, you’re missing something,” Roach said. “So along with it being a cool story, it can be an educational tool too.”
Roach said it’s not uncommon for a bear to climb into a tree with a hunter.
“But the fact that he actually starting gnawing on me and stuff, like that was a little abnormal.”
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.