California wildlife officials are casting doubt on a man’s claim that he was saved from a mountain lion attack when a bear pulled the big cat off him, according to a local newspaper.
Robert Biggs, 69, of the northern California town of Paradise, says a mountain lion jumped on his back and knocked him over on Monday while he was walking on trails, a story that’s been reported by many media outlets.
“I had a rock in my right hand, and I come around and swing and hit him in the side of the head, and it made a big screeching sound. And I come back to swing again, and I come around, and just about half way there, I see this dark figure grabbing the neck of the mountain lion and tearing it down [to] the ground behind me,” Biggs told Fox40.com, noting the dark figure was a “mama bear.”
Uh, yeah… Here’s the best part:
“I’m sure the bear was trying to save me because the way it was looking at me just two minutes before I was standing there watching her, and she was looking at me like we were old friends,” he told Fox40.com.
It would be a serious thing if he actually was attacked by a mountain lion. According to California Fish and Game, any threatening mountain lion is killed. They are testing the blood on the backpack to see if it is from a mountain lion. If so, then this guy’s story will check out. If not… well he’s a good story teller then. Maybe it wasn’t a bear… maybe it was Bigfoot that saved him? Either way, this is a tall tale.