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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.

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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.

SOURCE: CBC

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