His wife, George Field, told the station she was scared for his life. She rushed to the kitchen and hit the bear with a bat multiple times.
“All I remember seeing was a big brown blob in front of me,” Field said. “I empowered myself. I’ve never been that strong. I whacked that bear as strong as I could… you would have thought I was a Louisville slugger.”
The bear and her cub then ran away, Parks and Wildlife said, ending the attack that began at about 8:45 p.m. in Pine, about 45 miles southwest of Denver.
Parks and Wildlife searched for the bear and euthanized one the next morning, per agency policy. A forensics investigation will determine if it was the same bear, the news release said, because bears who attack and injure humans are euthanized in Colorado. The cub has not been found.
Medics treated Johnson at the scene, the agency said. The couple told KCNC their bird feeders may have attracted the bear.