In Your Words: I Was Attacked By A Bear

three bears walking away from cameraman towards snowy mountain peaks in the background

‘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.