8/14/2010 9:10:11 PM

Polar Bear Attack? Just Punch Him in the Nose

A 67-year-old man survived a polar bear attack in Nunavut by punching the bear in the face, a technique he says he learned from Inuit elders.

Wes Werbowy, a longtime wilderness consultant, encountered the bear on July 16th near Whale Cove, Nunavut, where he was training three Inuit hunters to be eco-tour guides.

He heard a deep snorting sound at about 3 a.m. It turned out to be a polar bear checking out his camp site. Minutes later, the bear plunged into the tent. Because the bear was standing on his gun, Werbowy's only recourse was to yell and punch the bear in the nose—advice he had been given by an Inuit elder. The punch worked and the bear turned heel.

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