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California hiker survives mauling by bear and runs home

The Independent logo The Independent 11/10/2016 Andrew Buncombe

A California hiker has described how he survived an encounter with two bears - one which towered on its hind legs in front of him and the second that leaped on his back and put his mouth around his neck.

Dan Richmond had walked about two miles on the Mount Wilson trail in the Angeles National Forest when he was confronted by a large bear in front of him.

“All of a sudden, I saw this bear standing on its hind legs and I’d never seen a bear in person before, so I was pretty freaked out,” he toldKTLA. “I turn around and there’s another bear coming out towards me. At that point, I was trapped. I yelled at the top of my lungs to attempt to scare it away.”

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