Two men thwarted bear attacks with their bare hands in Alaska and Idaho.
At a campground near Fairbanks, Alaska Jason Lauesen punched a grizzly in the head.
In northern Idaho, a female black bear with two cubs climbed up a tree to get at an archery hunter in a tree stand. He walloped her in the head with his elbow. He got video of the incident on his iphone.
The archer, Doug Harlicker of Sandpoint, Idaho estimates the adult female black bear weighed 350 pounds.
Harlicker was in a tree stand about 7 feet off the ground when he first spotted the bears. He had a handgun with him, but the handgun was in a pack hanging from a tree branch.
Harlicker said the bear followed his scent right to the base of the tree, then reared up and lunged at him. She hit the tree stand and Harlicker. He had his iphone in one hand and his bow in his other hand, but elbowed the bear in the head with his right arm. The bear dropped to the ground.
The bear hung around for about a half-minute, and then left.
In Fairbanks, Jason Lauesen and his wife Liz Pawelko were asleep in a tent at about 6am when they felt the tent shaking and realized a bear was entering. He said he first reaction was to punch it, so that's exactly what he did.
Lauesen and Pawelko started yelling and hollering and Pawelko grabbed a can of bear spray as they got out of the tent.
The couple had not cooked in their tent and there was no food in the tent. This may have been a rare predatory attack, or it may have just been a curious bear.
They spotted a "relatively small grizzly" that had retreated about 30 feet. Lauesen's wife sprayed at the bear, but there was a headwind and the spray never reached the bear.
They made it to their car, drove right at the bear, and scared it away.