The Colorado man describes how he woke up to find a bear in the kitchen of his house and a 450-pound beast fought
A man who was the victim of a Colorado bear attack has spoken out after leaving serious injuries to his head and neck after the shocking encounter.
Dave Chernosky, 54, heard a sound from the ground floor of the Aspen home where he and his family were staying early on Friday morning.
“I slept and heard something in the kitchen. And I was just thinking there, “Okay, something’s wrong,” Chernosky said Good morning America.
Dave Chernosky, 54, came face to face with a bear hitting him in the head and neck
Chernosky woke up Friday morning after hearing that a bear had broken into the house
Cuts on Chernosky’s ear and face are clearly visible after being attacked by a black bear
“I literally thought I might be dead,” said Chernosky, describing the moment after he was hit
“So I went to the kitchen, saw the bear there. It was already in the fridge and cupboards and things like that. ‘
“My kids were in the basement, so I wanted to make sure he stayed upstairs,” he said.
Chernosky described the bear as dark brown in color, but weighing nearly 450 pounds.
Fearing for the safety of his family, the father of two tried to lure the black bear into the garage.
54-year-old Chernosky and his children were staying with a friend near Aspen, Colorado
Officials at Colorado Parks and Wildlife later tracked and euthanized the 450-pound bear (file photo)
However, when he hit the garage door opener to let him out, the bear panicked and ran back inside and started attacking him.
“I literally thought I might be dead,” he said ABC11. “It felt like a stone hit me in the head.”
“As soon as we looked at each other, he hit me with his paw once … and after I stepped aside and started screaming, he left,” said Chernosky.
He suffered severe cuts to his face and neck after the attack.
“Fortunately, the bear wasn’t really after me,” he said with relief.
Chernosky quickly called 911.
“A bear came here and he hit me with his paw, so I’m bleeding,” he told operators.
Chernosky was eventually taken to Aspen Valley Hospital and then transferred by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
Chernosky described that the bear hit him in the head as if hit by a rock
He had to have stitches along his cheek, jaw, ear and back. It is generally expected to fully recover.
Matt Yamashita, Area Manager of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said the officers responded to the incident at about 3 a.m. and investigated how the bear managed
Department officials say they were able to find the bear and put it to sleep.
It is the second bear attack in recent days.
A Colorado woman was scratched after being attacked by a bear in her residential neighborhood in Manitou Springs on Thursday
Saturday morning, a woman was attacked by a woman near Manitou Springs, about 80 miles south of Denver.
The wildlife guards caught the bear near the attack site with trained dogs.
It was then written down in what was described as ‘human’ euthanasia.
The sow’s two cubs were found and taken to a rehabilitation center where they are trained to avoid human contact.
Bears sniffing through waste and eating food for humans lose their natural fear of humans and may become more aggressive in future encounters.
Conservationists say the woman was “very lucky” to have suffered only minor injuries.
Colorado wildlife officials are urging residents to secure their waste so that bears don’t rely on humans for food and lose their natural fear of humans, leading to aggressive behavior. The above image is a file photo of a sow in Colorado (file photo)