Richard Wesley was having a pretty typical day hunting in Ontario. When he noticed a bear wandering around, he began recording and before long the animal started making its way toward him. Wesley tried to scare the bear off as the animal charged at him — finally he acted on pure instinct — punching the animal in the nose.

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After Wesley threw the punch, he dropped his camera and was lucky enough to pick it up a moment later unharmed, though he wrote in the video description that he did suffer a slight bruise to his elbow when the bear knocked him down during the punch. The lucky hunter also wrote “I am so happy after this confrontation with a black bear during our spring hunt. No wounds except a bruised elbow and ego where the bear threw me down.” Walking away from the incident, he appeared, out of breath, and declared “I should have shot him a long time ago.”

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Black bears are generally rather tentative around humans. The animals are natural herbivores but they have been known to maul humans who get too close to their cubs or smell a little too much like peanut butter.

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