ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
May 16, 2008
Mr. Case did his best to play dead as the bear mauled him: It grabbed his left elbow, let go and then bit through his right arm, coming millimetres from slicing through a major artery (the animal had “bad teeth,” Mr. Case discovered afterward). Mr. Case dropped to the ground in the fetal position and the grizzly began gnawing on the back of his head.
“The pain was so excruciating. … I said to myself, ‘He's eating my brains.'”
It was all Mr. Case could do not to cry out, but he knew playing dead was his only chance. Next thing he knew, the bear was pushing him into the marshy ground, after which it covered him partly in mud and sticks – “seasoning,” he calls it – and left, presumably planning to return to snack on its prey.