Being caught in a forest between a mountain lion and a bear would seem like the last place a hiker would want to be, but for 69-year-old Robert Biggs it couldn’t have been a luckier situation.
Mr. Biggs claims he was hiking near Whiskey Flats in Northern California when a mountain lion pounced on him and grabbed him by his backpack. He said that he began fighting with the lion and hit it with a rock pick; however, Mr. Lion was not inclined to give up that easy. It is a mountain lion, after all.
Just when he thought he was doomed, a bear leaped out of the bushes and fought the lion until it let go and ran away. Instead of mauling the only human in sight (as one might expect) the bear simply walked away. Maybe it was Winnie the Pooh and he thought Biggs was Christopher Robin? We’re choosing to think so.
This story is quite sensational…a little too sensational, if you ask the California Department of Fish and Game. There have only been 16 reported mountain lion attacks in over 100 years. With Mr Biggs claiming that this is the third lion attacked he’s survived, the CDFG is having a hard time believing his tale.
Is Robert Biggs telling the truth, or is he the man who cried “lion/bear”? Only the animals can tell!