The seven-month-old black bear attacked 21-year-old Howard Patch was well fed when it spotted the bicyclist around 2 p.m. Tuesday on a crowded stretch of road. In a video taken by Patch’s father, the black bear is seen chasing down the cyclist. The dog Patch was training to ride on his bike could not outrun the 200-pound bear. It plowed into Patch as he tried to make his way home from his job at Wal-Mart, according to Patch. The black bear chased Patch while his father recorded the action. The bear then bit Patch and tried to tear off his clothes. He kicked the bear in the neck and rear. After falling backward, Patch and the bear struggled to pull off Patch’s shirt, according to Patch. The bear then charged Patch again and the cyclist escaped from the bear again and returned home. Later that night, Patch and his father viewed the video of the incident and said they realized Patch’s warning wasn’t heeded.
Patch’s father thanked the bear for letting him catch the fleeting moment he and Patch exchanged words. “There was a moment when it was a warzone where he was so heavily trained, he felt a huge hole in his chest that was so deep he could barely breathe or move his arms,” Howard Patch said. “It’s pretty crazy. A young bear can be very dangerous.” Maryland Parks and Wildlife spokesman Bill Sheaffer told The Baltimore Sun Patch did the right thing by fighting off the bear. “This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, and it certainly won’t be the last,” Sheaffer said. “I can understand that someone would have to fight this off.”
@HowardPatchbike: Luckily the bear had my size on its side, but I hope it still finds something to do in the wild once it’s released. This is about survival. pic.twitter.com/An32CeWZpx — Eric Wilzow (@WilzowErickson) August 1, 2018