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Old 11-09-2018, 03:37 PM   #1
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Per the Asheville Citizen-Times of today....

MAGGIE VALLEY – Sonny Pumphrey never thought in his 78 years he would get into a fistfight with a 300-pound mama black bear, but when claw came to shove, Pumphrey decided he was going down swinging.

Pumphrey was working in his driveway Tuesday afternoon off Liberty Church Road in the White Oak Mountain community, blowing leaves and taking cell phone photos of the new carlift he had installed so he could tinker on his 1929 Ford truck.

When he looked up from his phone, he was mere feet away from a mother black bear and two yearling cubs.

“The mother turned and looked at me and all of a sudden she run at me at full charge,” Pumphrey said Friday morning. “I couldn’t’ run to the right and I couldn’t run to the left, it was too far. There’s a cliff behind me, I couldn’t jump off of that. She reared up with her claws and started to bite me.

“I’m 6 feet tall and I was looking at her eye to eye. Maybe it was instinct, I have no idea where that came from, but I hit that bear as hard as I could. I was lucky. I caught her right on the nose.”

What ensued was what Pumphrey described as the fight of his life. The punch to the nose took the mama bear back down to all fours, but then she went at his lower half, biting and clawing at his overalls.

“I just kept hitting that bear. I fought that bear like I would fight a man,” Pumphrey said. “I kept slugging her on top of her head, fighting for my life. She finally got a hold of me and bit me on my hip. Then she let go, then she slapped me and knocked me about 8 feet down on the ground. She grabbed me like a rag doll and shook me.

“I crawled about 20 feet up to the car, and she was standing over me. That’s when my wife came bursting out the door, screaming and hollering with our 3-pound Yorkie, Bella, who was after that bear.”

Betty Pumphrey said it was about 4 p.m. and she was starting dinner when she heard her husband’s “blood curdling” scream.

“It was almost disbelief, I didn’t believe what my eyes were telling me. I saw those teeth and I thought she was going to kill him,” Betty Pumphrey said.

“My feet just started moving. Bella run at the bear and I was running at the bear screaming and waving my arms and she turned and looked at me and I thought, ‘I’m going down, too,’ but then she turned and ran up the bank.”


....... all ended well after an overnight at the hospital. Sonny, if you are a 'Barner', BEST OF LUCK.
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:46 PM   #2
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How can you live in a country with such dangerous animals?
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:50 PM   #3
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UP, funny coming from the continent with the largest variety of deadly spiders/snakes on planet earth...LOL
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:48 PM   #4
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UP, funny coming from the continent with the largest variety of deadly spiders/snakes on planet earth...LOL
What did you expect? He thinks bears look like this:
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What did you expect? He thinks bears look like this:
https://goo.gl/images/W2W3XW

Only Americans think they are bears. Australians know they are marsupials NOT bears.
As for deadly spiders etc, they are easy. One stomp or a slap and they're gone. Try that with a bear or Cougar or .... I'll stay where I am, thanks. Less deadly people too!
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:57 PM   #6
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I thought it was going to end with "the right to arm bears" or something along that line.
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Black bears...
He's lucky, you never play with a mama bear
You guys down under think these ones are big, Grizzley's eat black bears for lunch.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:59 PM   #8
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Or the right to bare arms = sleeveless shirts
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:06 PM   #9
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Maybe Mama Bear only wanted your Tudor without paying for it? People have been killed for less.
'Nice that YOU survived to write this story instead of the bear telling her side of the it. 60% of modern America would have taken the BLACK bear's version as gospel truth.
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Black bears...
He's lucky, you never play with a mama bear
You guys down under think these ones are big, Grizzley's eat black bears for lunch.
It's true, we have lots of crawley critters that can do you a nasty but we have some big ones too. Most think of a Kangaroo as a cute and harmless animal but a decent sized Eastern Grey will stand 8 feet high when it stretches and can rip your innards out quicker than a wink. NOT to be messed with but not aggressive or protective like that bear. It takes a fair amount of aggrivation to cause them to turn nasty.
https://www.google.com.au/search?q=i...4Q_4aEWuLX4xM:
To see how they are armed (and a plant named after their paws) They are extremely powerfully built - muscles on muscles
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Back when I was buff.


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Black bears...
He's lucky, you never play with a mama bear
You guys down under think these ones are big, Grizzley's eat black bears for lunch.
In the early 70's my neighbor was up in Canada when he was chased by a Grizzly bear. He was lucky enough to just get back into his car and hit the gas as the Grizzly took a swipe at the roof of the car. I saw the creases in the roof from each of the bears fingers. Hard to believe how that Grizzly left distinct creases in the steel roof.
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In the early 70's my neighbor was up in Canada when he was chased by a Grizzly bear. He was lucky enough to just get back into his car and hit the gas as the Grizzly took a swipe at the roof of the car. I saw the creases in the roof from each of the bears fingers. Hard to believe how that Grizzly left distinct creases in the steel roof.
.... and the brown streak on the driver's seat
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How can you live in a country with such dangerous animals?
The Deep South has it all, gators, poisonous snakes, stinging and biting insects, wild hogs ya gotta be careful and ya gotta be aware what is around you.

Florida has every species of venomous snake in N. America, and mosquitoes the size of humming birds. Plus now they are being overrun with giant Burmese Pythons from S.E. Asia that some idiots let loose in the wild years ago and they are spreading thru the Everglades at an alarming rate. They have no natural predators here I'm told.

So to bring that into Model A Ford perspective, be super careful trudging thru the tall grass to go look at that abandoned Model A. It may not be 'abandoned' there may be new critters in residence.
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Old 11-10-2018, 01:36 PM   #16
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Black bears...
He's lucky, you never play with a mama bear
You guys down under think these ones are big, Grizzley's eat black bears for lunch.
So why are a lot of hunting pictures taken so the hunters are back from the animal and taken from a low angle to make the kill look bigger (am not a hunter)?


I've noticed car/SUV/Truck commercials use very small people and camera angles so the vehicles look 2x bigger than they actually are. Do people actually get fooled by this?
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So why are a lot of hunting pictures taken so the hunters are back from the animal and taken from a low angle to make the kill look bigger (am not a hunter)?


I've noticed car/SUV/Truck commercials use very small people and camera angles so the vehicles look 2x bigger than they actually are. Do people actually get fooled by this?
The fools making the commercials fool themselves into thinking the viewers are the fools.
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He's lucky, you never play with a mama bear
You guys down under think these ones are big, Grizzley's eat black bears for lunch.
That picture says so much that’s not right. I just don’t get it.
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