Family members say a Saskatchewan man is lucky to be walking away with only claw marks on his arm and a sore back after encountering a bear in a remote area near La Ronge, Sask., Friday morning.
At around 4 a.m. CST, Jack Ballantyne, 44, was out drinking near La Ronge, about 380 kilometres north of Saskatoon.
Ballantyne's younger sister, Rose, said her brother had lost some of his hearing and he didn't hear the bear approaching.
"All he remembers is that the bear took a swipe at him, hit him and he went flying," Rose Ballantyne said.
She said once her brother realized the threat, he used a wine bottle to fend of the bear...
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