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In Your Words: I Was Attacked by a Bear

March 14, 2011
Filed in: Heritage, In Your Words

‘In Your Words’ explores the incredible stories we’ve received from Filson fans across the globe.  Send us your own experiences with our clothing or product here for a chance to be featured on the Filson Life blog.  Greg survived a bear attack in part due to his loyal dogs and his Filson Tin Cloth.  Read his story below.

I was up in the Kashwitna Mountains outside of Talkeetna, Alaska with my two dogs. We were high up on a ridge looking for rocks. I had on my Filson Tin Cloth Coat and my Packer Hat.  Anyway, the dogs started running up and down sniffing the air.  I knew something big was close by.  A few minutes later a big grizzly comes busting out of the tree line.  The dogs go wild and after the bear.  I pull my pistol but then think better of shooting it.  I just start to run as fast as I can.

The griz was so close I could smell the stench of its horrible breath.  Then it took a swipe at me and knocked me for a loop.  I felt the bears claws, just then the dogs arrived and tore into the bear.  The bear hightailed back into the trees.  I just lay there, and then draggin’ myself to my feet I took off my coat.  It had several tears in it.  But for the size of the bear and taking into account how hard I was whacked I thought the coat did pretty well. Best thing, the bear’s claws did not tear into my skin. So I do believe my dogs for sure as well as Filson’s Tin Cloth saved me from serious injury.  I can’t wear the coat anymore but oh well it did its job.


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