New Mexico resident, rancher, and big-game hunter Bridger Petrini apparently learned his lesson after getting to close to an overly aggressive bear while exercising his dogs last month, reports KRQE News 13.
“I got way too close, the bear was overly aggressive,” Petrini explained. “When he saw me, he pinned his ears down and immediately made a big charge at me.”
During the melee, Petrini was rolled down a hill and was bitten several times mostly on his lower extremities which gave him a chance to shoot the riled up beast with his firearm killing it.
Unfortunately, after the bear had died its jaw remained clamped down tight on the hunter’s leg and wouldn’t come off.
“Somehow or another, he had bitten down on my calf muscle it had basically twisted it over his bottom jaw so he died with his teeth locked and so I wasn’t able to get away from him,” he said.
That’s when the local fire department and the Department of Fish & Game jumped in and worked together to remove the bear from the man’s mauled leg by sawing off the animal’s head which ultimately loosened the bear’s jaw muscles up allowing the man’s leg to be freed.
“When they cut the bear’s head off then they were able to maneuver to where the could get it off my leg,” he explained.
Petrini was transported to UNM Hospital when he was treated for his wounds.