Source: USA Today
Wow. I just came across the story (it's a couple of weeks old now, but amazing none the less) of a California Hiker, Robert Biggs, 69, who, while hiking Monday above Whiskey Flats (which from the name I can only surmise it to be some sort of old western gold boom ghost town) came across a mother bear, its yearling, and baby cub (yes, I DO like run-on sentences). Now, you and I would probably think ourselves in a touchy situation, but Biggs here decided to watch the bears from 40 feet away for a while. Satisfied that they were indeed bears, he made to leave when, from behind, he was pounced upon mercilessly by a mountain lion, digging into his backpack with all four clawed paws.
Biggs wrestled the mountain lion, stabbing it with a rock pick. The vicious beast wouldn't let up, however and tore into him, biting and scratching. It is thought that the mountain lion had been stalking the bear cub when our fearless hiker stumbled into the wrong place at the wrong time. Caught in the grip of terror, Biggs thought himself a goner when the mother bear intervened, ripping the big cat from its new prey. Biggs watched the ensuing battle for, he says, about 15 seconds, before the cat ran away in terror. The mother bear and her cubs then ambled away calmly. Biggs suffered bites, scratches, and bruises, but was otherwise unharmed.
What a story.