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    Navy Vet Punches Aggressive Grizzly that Severely Mauled Him in Montana, Daughter Says

    Navy Vet Punches Aggressive Grizzly that Severely Mauled Him in Montana, Daughter Says

    A Navy veteran squared up with a massive grizzly bear in Montana and lived to tell the tale — using a whiteboard from his hospital bed, according to his family.

    Rudy Noorlander was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake , Utah, where he's been recovering from severe injuries since the Friday, Sept. 8 attack, his daughter KateLynn Davis said in a Sept. 10 post on Facebook.

    Davis described the attack in an online fundraiser she set up because her dad's veteran's health insurance won't cover all of “his extensive medical bills” — which will include several surgeries to reconstruct his lower jaw and an extended hospital stay after that, she said.

    Noorlander owns Alpine Adventures, a side-by-side rental business in Big Sky, and was helping a hunting group track a deer they'd shot in  Montana, the Associated Press reported.

    He had tracked a deer that was not the one the hunters had shot and spotted a smaller bear, KUTV reported.

    He instinctively pulled out his gun to scare it off, but a split second later a much larger bear came out of nowhere and attacked him, the station reported.

    “He had one second from the time he saw the grizzly charging him to fire,” his sister Kary Noorlander-Lyman told the station. “It misfired, and so then the bear was on top of him.”

    “My father is the bravest and strongest man I know,” Davis wrote on the GoFundMe page. “As the bear…

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