June 14, 1805 - Lewis Escapes a Grizzly Bear Attack
I selected a fat Buffalo and shot him very well. While I was gazing attentively on the poor animal and having entirely forgotten to reload my rifle, a large grizzly bear had crept up on me within 20 steps before I discovered him. At the same instant, he was then briskly advancing on me. I was in an open level plain, not a bush within miles, nor tree less than 300 yards of me. I ran about 80 yards into the water, waist-deep and faced about and presented the point of my espontoon (a spear-like pike). At this instant, he arrived at the edge of the water within 20 feet of me. He suddenly wheeled about as if frightened and retreated.
One grand evening, Captain Lewis was out hunting a large buffalo. He took aim and fired his weapon...
And ended up scoring a direct hit on the fat buffalo!
"Dear Lord! My weapon isn't loaded! I must flee!"
However, this was the perfect distraction that a wild bear needed in order to close within striking range of it's victim!
"Into the water I must go!"
It was at this point that Lewis presented his espontoon or spear to the bear after getting waist-deep into the water...
And he scared the bear off!
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