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Vietnam vet fights off black bear, drives to hospital


Larry Yepez was on the porch of his home in Midpines, on the edge of Yosemite National Park, early Wednesday around 4 p.m., when the black bear attacked him. The bear got on top of the Vietnam vet and left puncture wounds and cuts all over his body, including his face and neck. “It was terrifying,” he told ABC 30. “I really didn’t know if i was going to make it out or not. He was on top of me.”

However, Yepez was able to fight the bear off and make it back inside his home. He says he got a helping hand from his best friend: his Yorkshire terrier, Benji. “He was barking, he kept him distracted,” Yepez told ABC 30. “The bear turned around to see Benji—that’s when I jumped up.”


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