Maybe next time an Alaska man decides to barbecue at a local park, he should obey the “don’t feed the animals” sign.
While at a cookout over the weekend and after a few drinks, the unidentified man thought it would be a good idea to feed a hungry black bear a piece of meat. The bear gulped down the piece the food only to decide that the man would make a nice second course.
“That’s when it kind of went ballistic,” said Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen, according to the New York Daily News.
While picnicking in at Eklutna Lake, the man took off on a bike ride to explore the scenery of the natural area north of Anchorage. During his jaunt, he stumbled upon a hungry black bear and offered it a tasty treat.
After offering the bear another piece of meat, the bear decided that the drunken cyclist looked more appetizing than a small piece of steak and went in for a bite. The man was able to escape with only a bloody blow to his neck and back and was found by park rangers cleaning himself off at the park’s campground.
“He wasn’t terribly coherent,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh, according to the Anchorage Daily News. “He was unsure of where the attack actually happened.”
The man, who was taken to a local hospital and released after his wounds were treated, could be charged with illegally feeding wildlife.
Park rangers and local officials are still trying to figure out the circumstances of what happened between the man and the bear, as the man’s statement was purportedly difficult to discern.
The bear was unable to be reached for comment as a Fish & game biologist dispatched to scene couldn’t find the animal, but said there was little indication that it plans to attack humans again.
“The bear was pretty much goaded into this,” Marsh said.