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A Man Tells His Story From When He was Attacked By a Bear

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -

It's the first day of spring. The animals seem to know it. On a drive from Cody to Yellowstone's East Entrance, herds of elk, big horn sheep, bison and moose are often seen. And so are grizzly bears.

Yellowstone National Park reported it's first 2014 grizzly sighting on the east side of the park in Hayden Valley on March 4.

The park's east entrance isn't open yet, but the Shoshone National Forest is rich grizzly habitat. Bears are often seen on the roadside.

But Dan White wasn't roadside when he met a grizzly face to face last September. He was hunting elk in the back country.

He explains, "Heard a click and thought a bull's coming. Heard another branch break and thought a bull's coming. And, all of a sudden, about thirty yards away, there was a bear very similar to this coming full tilt. We could see the claws up, coming full tilt."

White says when the bear stopped, it was on top of the hunter, a foot away from his face.

But he didn't actually touch him. He straddled White on the hillside and then stopped.

White says he pulled his bear spray, and started spraying the bear when he was twelve yards away. The bear kept coming.

White said the bear suddenly stopped, then ran away and was still running away when they last saw him at 400 yards. White trusts his bear spray. As a retired teacher, he cites the science, "There's a lot of evidence that bear spray works better than guns. There's a study at BYU."

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