Man survives after bear attacks inside home
POSTED: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 12:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 12:50pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A couple was attacked by a bear inside their Perry County, Pennsylvania home early Monday morning.
The attack happened about 3 a.m. when Richard Moyer Jr. was getting ready for work and let their dog out.
Moyer said he was in the middle of his morning routine before the sun rose Monday morning.
He let his dog out, only to have it run back in, chased by a black bear.
He shared how he survived the life-and-death struggle Monday after he was released from Harrisburg hospital.
"I can't really tell which way the bear came," Moyer said.
By the time he could make out the black bear barreling toward the open door, it was too late to
stop it, he said.
"The bear got me," he said. "I'm down on the floor."
While face to face with an agitated animal, Moyer said he let instinct take over and wrestled with the beast.
The commotion woke up his wife, Angela, who also tried to beat the bear back, but in the struggle, she landed on the porch with the bear on top of her.
"I guess it's the male instinct," Moyer said. "You got to protect your family."
He said he dove head-first to rip the bear off his wife.
"I'm outside with the bear and I just hear the bear chomping on the back of your head and literally pulling the hair on the back of your head, just pulling and you're just like 'this is unbelievable'. I really thought, this was it," he said.
After more struggle, the bear simply had enough, looked back at the couple, and disappeared into the woods.
"I'm just thankful it stopped," Moyer said. "Because if it didn't stop I might be in a box right now."
Moyer ended up with more than 70 stitches and staples in the back of his head.
Doctors said his head opened like a can.
He also had 20 bite marks on his hands, arms and shoulders.
His wife is also recovering from similar wounds.
"I'm going to enjoy life better and be happier after this," Moyer said. "I've been through this and I'm going to live."
He built his house on dozens of acres of wooded land. Before the attack, he was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.
Now he's thinking of moving and might give up his hobbies for good.
"The chances are it won't happen again," he said. "Chances are, but I don't want to take that chance."
State Game Commission officials spent Monday morning looking for the bear and setting a trap.
Officials said they think it may have been a female bear protecting her cubs.