North Carolina man scraps with bear

The Daily Courier - - WORLD -

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man says he duked it out with a mother black bear when it charged him as he worked in his drive­way.

WLOS-TV in Asheville re­ports 78-year-old Sonny Pumphrey was at his home Tues­day when he no­ticed two bear cubs near him. Those bears ran off, but the mother bear soon showed up.

Pumphrey said as the bear pre­pared to at­tack, he punched it “right dead on the point of the nose.” He said the bear fell back down onto all fours and bit him in the hip.

The bear ran off af­ter Pumphrey’s wife came out of the house and fired a shot into the air.

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