black bear who came chargin at him mid-hike! The attack occurredA mountain climber is lucky to be alive after the encounter below with an aggravated black bear! This took place earlier this month in Japan, where the climber was descending a rocky ridge when the bear charged him and they think that she was protecting one of her cubs.
The climber punched, kicked and screamed at the bear as it came within inches of his face, and then tumbled down to a ridge below him. The bear kept coming back though, had a few more attempts until finally running off with its cub and disappearing into the brush. For his part, the climber says he was the one invading the bear's territory ... but he had no choice but to defend himself after the bear attacked. He adds he's trained in karate and mixed martial arts, and it might've saved his life.