Black Bear Chases Man Up Tree in Washington State

Hunter narrowly escapes confrontation with a relentless bear.
1:47 | 09/07/14

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state came face to face with a black bear, he did not have time to take aim. He took off up a tree. The bear kept on coming. Now he's talking about the move that saved his life. I never, ever thought that something like this would happen. Reporter: This is the bear 60-year-old jerry Haas believed attacked him. He captured the picture near the same place where he came face to face with the mighty creature while he was bow-hunting for deer. I turned around behind me and see this black head staring through me. I'm thinking to myself, this is not a good situation to be in. Reporter: The experienced hunter became the target himself. He says the bear looked him in the eyes and charged. I started up this tree. I figured I'll get as far up this tree as I can. Reporter: Running out of options and with only seconds to act. The bear hit the tree. He takes my left leg. Grabs the back of my calf with his right paw and tries pulling me out of the tree. Reporter: He kicked the bear's nose with his free leg. The bear let go and event eventually went away. Haas is the most recent person to have an up-close and personal meeting with bear this week. Wild life officials say the ongoing droughts will drive the bears into higher-pop lated areas. She's a drought bear coming down this time of the year and looking for the apples and things at the urban interface. Reporter: As for Haas, he's feeling lucky that he bear-ly made it how alive. My will buzz bigger than its will.

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