A man was left holed up in a shack in the Alaskan wilderness having to fight off a hungry bear every night with just two rounds of ammunition left in his pistol.
He was saved when emergency crews spotted the exhausted man waving into the air with an SOS sign planted on top of a shack nearby.
The man told rescuers upon being saved that a bear had harassed him every night for a week.
He got off lightly and suffered just bruising and a leg injury, despite being dragged around by the grizzly beast at one point, like in the Oscar-winning movie The Revenant, where Leonardo DiCaprio's character is saved by a bear.
The Coast Guard said the rescue happened on July 16 as a helicopter flew from Kotzebue to Nome, in the state in the northwest of the US.
His friends had reported him missing after he failed to return home to Nome, which is on the western coast of Alaska.
The New York Times reports that the man was found to be sleep-deprived and nearly out of ammunition during the bear siege.
One of the pilots who made the rescue Lt. Cmdr. Jared Carbajal, said: “At some point, a bear had dragged him down to the river.
“He had a pistol. He said that the bear kept coming back every night and he hadn’t slept in a few days.”
The Coast Guard have not identified the man, who rescuers said was in his late 50s or early 60s.
Commander Carbajal went on to say that the Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter had changed its course by about a mile to avoid clouds before spotting something, to the notice of his co-pilot.
Commander Carbajal added: “He said, ‘Hey there’s a guy down there and he’s waving at us. I said, ‘Is he waving with one hand or two hands?’
“I said well, that’s usually a sign of distress.”
Authorities said the man only had two rounds left in his pistol when they found him, before being brought to Nome where an ambulance was waiting for him.
Alaska is bear country and one of the few places in the world where all three species of North American bears live.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game brown bears, also called grizzly bears, are found nearly everywhere in Alaska. Black bears inhabit most of Alaska’s forests. Polar bears frequent the sea ice and tundra of extreme northern and western Alaska.
Thankfully for the lucky man, his fate was not similar to that of Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, in the Oscar-winning Revenant. The character is savaged by a grizzly bear in a now infamous scene.
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