Paradise, California resident Robert Biggs has one hell of a bear story, but is it true?
Biggs was watching a bear and her cub when a mountain lion ambushed him, according to the Paradise Post. The lion grabbed his backpack and then tried to maul him. Biggs, 69, desperately tried to fight the lion off, hitting it on the side of the head.
Luckily, he got some backup.
The mother bear he had been watching, charged the lion and chased it off. Then it returned to its cub and walked off into the woods. Biggs says this is not the first time he’s been attacked by a lion, in fact, he claims it’s the third.
However, his story has understandably drawn some skepticism from the California Department of Fish and Game. Here’s their statement:
“The attack reported by Mr. Biggs is so far unsubstantiated. DFG has no current plans to pursue a lion that Biggs claimed he injured with a pick during the fight. Warden (Jos) Brennan found no physical evidence to substantiate an attack on the clothes or any injury consistent with a lion attack from last Monday. Blood was found on his backpack. We took a small sample and we will process the blood on the backpack at the Fish and Game Wildlife Investigation Laboratory.”
But Biggs is sticking to his story and even pushing back against the DFG calling them the ‘Gestapo’ in at least one media outlet.
What do you think? Is his story true?