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Saskatchewan man used wine bottle to fend off bear attack

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Monday, September 19, 2016, 2:36 PM - Northern Saskatchewan man Jack Ballantyne is lucky to be alive after encountering a bear Friday morning in a secluded area near La Ronge.

Ballantyne was drinking around 4 a.m. CST when a bear approached him. He did not initially hear the animal as Ballantyne is hearing impaired, according to his younger sister Rose.

"All he remembers is that the bear took a swipe at him, hit him and he went flying," Rose Ballantyne told CBC.

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Ballantyne used a wine bottle to defend himself and according to his sister, he punched the bear in the nose. The 44-year-old sought medical attention a few hours later after suspecting internal bleeding.

"His hand was puffed up, too.. He did get a pretty big scratch on his arm. He was pretty stiff from being knocked over in the attack, but that's about it," Rose told CBC.


Jack Ballantyne, 44, managed to walk away after using a wine bottle to fend off bear attack (Rose Ballantyne/Facebook)

A doctor in La Ronge noticed fluid building up in Ballantyne's stomach and advised Rose to transport her brother to a hospital in Saskatoon. Ballantyne spent the night there and left Saturday morning.

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"I'd say he's really lucky, I don't know what he did but he's very lucky and we're all relieved to see that he was okay," Rose Ballantyne told CBC.


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