As the sow approached, Matthews said he was able to keep his composure together long enough to fire a shot at the animal, which struck her in the jaw. Matthews then used the barrel of his rifle and shoved it into the bear’s mouth before the animal knocked him to the ground.
Matthews says the bear bit into his head, and later his arm as he raised it in self-defense. He has bite marks on his back and leg, as well.
In addition, Matthews says the bear picked him up and tossed him during the attack. He recalls trying to protect this throat as the mauling continued.
His brother was able to divert the animal’s attention and shoot it. He then helped Matthews back to a boat the men had used to reach the remote area.