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Veteran Comes Face To Face With 200 Pound Beast

Larry Yepez is a 66-year-old combat veteran who understands when it's time to fight. He was even awarded a Purple Heart while he served in Vietnam. Yet, on Thursday around 4 a.m., Yepez found himself face to face with a 200-pound black bear. He said “I could feel the blood running out of me. That’s when I decided, ‘I’ve got to fight, man.’” As he was in the bear's potentially fatal clutches, Yepez noticed someone came out to help him, his 10-pound Yorkshire Terrier. Although the dog was tiny compared to the bear, it attacked the beast.

So, the bear turned around to swat the dog which, gave Larry enough time to get back in and slammed the door. The bear even attempted to charge the door, but eventually left Yepez and his terrier, Benji, alone in their home near Yosemite National Park. Yepez said “I’m not a bear hater. I believe we live in the bears’ habitat up here in the mountains. But like the game warden says, if it had been a little kid who got attacked, he’d be dead right now.” Although bloodied, Yepez was able to drive himself to the hospital where he was treated for multiple puncture wounds and lacerations to his head, legs, arms, abdomen, hands and feet. Yepez said "I realize I'm a lucky human being. "

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