Yosemite-Area Man Ambushed by Bear on Front Porch Fight Off Animal; Drives Himself to Hospital

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A man who was attacked by a bear after walking out of his Midpines home in the dark Thursday morning was able to fight off the animal and then drive himself to the hospital.

It happened in the 5000 block of Colorado Road in Midpines, a community located about 20 miles southwest of Yosemite Valley.

The large California black bear struck the man from behind, knocking him to the ground, according to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The man fought off the bear, but in the process suffered multiple puncture wounds and lacerations to his head, legs, arms, abdomen, hands and feet, the release stated.

Despite his injuries, the man managed to get away from the bear and drive himself to the hospital. He was treated and released later in the day.

The bear was gone when investigators arrived, but tracking dogs were being used to locate the animal.

“Due to the severity of the attack and the need to collect forensic evidence from the bear, it will be humanely destroyed when found,” the CDFW stated in the release.

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