KODIAK — A Kodiak man managed to survive an encounter with a mother bear and her cubs by playing dead.
The man was walking a friend’s dog in the area between Swampy Acres and Lake Catherine on Tuesday afternoon when he stumbled upon a sow and two cubs 20 feet ahead of him, The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported.
“It sounded like initially the bear started going the other direction, but the dog decided it wanted to sniff the cubs, and the mama bear didn’t think that was something that she wanted to happen,” said Larry Van Daele, regional wildlife supervisor for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
When the dog ran back to the man, the bear ran after the dog. As soon as the man saw the bear, he rolled up in a ball and played dead.
The man was not identified.
The bear reportedly grabbed the man’s foot and pulled him a little bit, then checked on her cubs. When she came back to the man, she sniffed his head, bit his foot and ran off. The dog was on scene and barking the whole time, Van Daele said.