Colorado man speaks out about fighting off bear

Dave Chernosky is healing from serious injuries after being attacked by a bear that broke into his Aspen home in the middle of the night.
2:31 | 07/13/20

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Back now with that Colorado man lucky to be alive after being attacked by a bear that broke into the house, got into the kitchen in the middle of the now this man is telling his story and our Clayton Sandell is in Colorado for us. This is a heck of a tale, Clayton. Reporter: Hey, good morning to you, T.J. Yeah, there are thousands and thousands of bears here in Colorado and they are always on the hunt for an easy meal and that's exactly what led one bear into the kitchen and into a dangerous conflict. A bear burglar breaking into a home near aspen, Colorado, in the middle of the night. I literally thought I might be dead. Reporter: And this morning, Dave Chernosky is healing from serious injuries after a face-to-face confrontation. Felt like a brick hit me in the head. Reporter: He and his two kids were staying at a friend's house and noises woke him up. I lay there thinking for a second saying I hope this isn't what I think it is. Reporter: When he tried to open the garage door to let it out he says that noise made the bear freak out and run back in. I turned around the hallway and looked him straight in the face and he just went, bam and hit me. Reporter: It left Chernosky with nasty cuts to his head, face and back. Bear came in here and hit me with his paw. Reporter: Bears are common in Colorado and in the county around aspen, last year, wildlife officers took nearly 950 bear calls including three attacks on people. Thursday a different bear, this one with cubs attacked an scratched a woman. Because the bears attacked people, wildlife officials say both had to be put down. We live in a place where we want it to be wilderness. We have to be careful. Reporter: Bears are eating machines and by late summer need to consume up to 20,000 calories a day. Wildlife officials are warning people not to leave trash or food where bears can get it. Unfortunately, sometime what is happens I think is that they get too used to being around homes and can't let that continue. Reporter: Wildlife experts tell me there may be more encounters like these as summer goes on because this is it had they start to eat more and bulk up for winter and look for food wherever they can find it including in people's homes, guys. All right, Clayton, thank you so much. 20,000 calories a day. Wow. Got to get it where you can get it. He seemed remarkably calm during the 911 call. Coming up next our "Play of

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