A Colorado man was laying in bed when he heard a loud commotion coming from the kitchen. Dave Chernosky and his children were staying in their Aspen home when Dave was woken up to a loud ruckus.
“I laid in bed thinking, ‘I really hope this isn’t a bear,'” Dave Chernosky told CNN. “I figured it probably was, but I was sure hoping for something else once I got into the kitchen.”
Dave said that when he ventured into the kitchen, a large black bear, estimated at about 400 pounds, was standing at the refrigerator. The animal had opened drawers and cabinets and thrown stuff around.
Using the kitchen island as a buffer, Dave attempted to lure the bear back outside. It don’t go as planned.
The bear did make its way into the garage, but was spooked when Dave hit the garage door opener and the bear ran back into the house.
Dave wanted to make sure the bear didn’t make its way downstairs to where his 12-year-old was sleeping, so he went head to head with the bear.
“We looked at each other, and he just smacked me in the side of the head and spun me around and got me again on the back,” Chernosky said. “I literally heard it crack on my head. A bear paw is not soft and cushy.”
Bleeding heavily from cuts on his face, Dave gained his composure and was able to scream and chase the bear out of the house.