Man Thwarts Grizzly Bear by Cramming His Fist Down Its Throat

Bears are big, fast, and pretty much the end of you if you're pitted against one. Just ask Kobayashi. That apparently applies to everyone except one dude from Montana who zigged when the bear gagged -- because he stuffed his fist right down the grizzly's gullet to ward him off.

Chase Dellwo is recovering after a male grizzly attacked him on Saturday while out hunting with his brother near Choteau, MT, according to a report by the Associated Press. The 26-year-old badass was walking up a creek bed in snow, rain and intense winds, when he noticed he was feet away from an enormous bear. But by then it was too late. The nearly 400lb bear knocked him to the ground and bit his head before biting his leg and tossing him into the air. When the grizzly launched toward him again, however, Dellwo remembered a tip handed down to him by his grandmother that saved his life.

“I remembered an article that my grandmother gave me a long time ago that said large animals have bad gag reflexes,” Dellwo said. “So I shoved my right arm down his throat.”

As a result, the bear fled, and Dellwo walked away with his life and a helluva story. He received stitches and staples in his head and face at a nearby hospital, where he's still recovering from puncture wounds on his leg and a swollen eye, according to the report. And yet, Dellwo said he doesn't blame the bear, which he said was "just as scared" as he was.

Note to everyone: don't fight guys named Chase Dellwo... unless you want a fist down your throat.

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and has no intention of ever shoving his arm down anything's throat. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.