- Grizzly bears are extremely aggressive, dangerous creatures with a powerful bite and incredible strength.
- A grizzly bear can throw a person the entire length of a football field!
- The bite of a grizzly bear can split a person’s body in half, crunching up bones and ligaments with ease.
- Eight people have died from grizzly bear attacks in Yellowstone National Park since 1872.
- If a grizzly bear begins to attack a person, they should play dead, lying flat on their stomach with their hands over their head.
Imagine hiking through a dense forest, soaking up the beauty of the nature that surrounds you. Suddenly, a massive grizzly bear emerges from the woods and attacks you. The grizzly bear bites, claws, scratches, roars, and throws you. This is exactly what happened to a group of wrestlers that were antler hunting in Wyoming.
The video explains how two out of a group of four wrestlers from Northwest College were brutally attacked by a grizzly bear. The bear first went after Brady Lowry. Lowry claims that the grizzly bit his arm, shook him relentlessly, and threw him. Then, Kendall Cummings yelled at the grizzly bear, hoping to distract it from attacking Lowry.
Cummings subsequently kicked the bear and grasped its fur tightly, trying to fight it off. These actions angered the bear, though, as it began to attack Cummings instead. Cummings says that the bear tackled him and chewed on him. Afterward, the bear retreated from the two wrestlers, and Cummings called Lowry’s name to ensure that Lowry wasn’t injured, or worse, dead.
The nightmare wasn’t over yet. The grizzly bear returned with more rage and viciousness than the first attack. This time, the bear attacked Cummings’s head and clawed at his face. Lowry and Cummings both suffered serious injuries, which are apparent in the video. In fact, Cummings ended up worse than Lowry. Lowry reports that Cummings was drenched in blood when he escaped from the woods.
Luckily, the two wrestlers were flown from Wyoming to a hospital in Montana, where they received treatment for their wounds. While the wrestlers came out alive after the grizzly bear attack, they were battered and bruised in a terrible manner. It’s impossible to say who won in this incident, as few would consider narrowly escaping a bear attack with horrible injuries as an incredible victory.
Friends, family, and teammates of Lowry and Cummings came together to support the two survivors. Dallas Lowry, Brady’s father, is especially grateful for the encouragement that his son received from the wrestling team. In fact, the wrestling team stayed in the Montana hospital for two days to ensure that Brady and Cummings were receiving the support and treatment that they needed. Dallas even refers to Cummings as a hero in the instance.
Although the grizzly bear left both physical and emotional scars on the two wrestlers, Lowry remains grateful to Cummings and his teammates. Lowry believes that no other team could have responded as graciously as the Northwest College wrestling team did following that fateful day.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What are the chances of grizzly bear attack?
According to Yellowstone National Park, the chances of being attacked by a grizzly bear and suffering injuries are 1 in 2.7 million.
How frequent are grizzly bear attacks?
Grizzly bear attacks in developed areas occur once every 20 years. Grizzly bear attacks in undeveloped areas occurs once every year.
How fast are grizzly bears?
Grizzly bears can run the length of 100 yards in eight seconds.
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- Yellowstone Bear World, Available here: https://yellowstonebearworld.com/how-aggressive-are-grizzly-bears#:~:text=Grizzly%20bears%20are%20among%20the,provoked%20or%20caught%20off%20guard
- National Park Service, Available here: https://www.nps.gov/articles/bearattacks.htm
- National Park Service, Available here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/injuries.htm#:~:text=For%20all%20park%20visitors%20combined,anyone%20hiking%20in%20the%20backcountry