Authorities have just released audio from a horrifying 911 call placed by a man who was attacked by a bear and managed to climb a tree to escape. He was trapped in the tree for an hour and a half, bleeding profusely from a large wound on his back.
The attack began when Ben Radakovich, a 30-year-old Alaskan man, stumbled upon a brown bear cub while hiking the Penguin Creek Trail south of Anchorage, Alaska. As most people know, if there’s one thing you don’t want to do in the vicinity of a bear, it’s get near that bear’s cub(s). Bears are extremely protective of their offspring.
The mama bear attacked Radakovich, lacerating his back and causing numerous other wounds on his body that would later require stitches. Radakovich tried to fight off the bear with a ski pole that he was using as a hiking aid.
Radakovich was able to get away from the bear and climb a tree, where he placed the 911 call you hear in the video below:
Though Radakovich was bleeding badly, rescuers couldn’t get to him for an hour and a half because they were unable to find an acceptable location to land their rescue helicopter. Instead, they drove all-terrain vehicles to his location.
Radakovich was taken to hospital, where he remained overnight. He is expected to make a full recovery, though he might think twice about going hiking in the woods.