A 29-year-old man who suffered bruises and possible nerve damage to his neck and shoulder after a bear swatted him says that's the hardest he's ever been hit.
Harold Cerda was working on Wednesday at a ranch outside of Stonewall, a small town near the Colorado-New Mexico border.
Cerda was using an outhouse when a bear crawled inside his car through an open window and ate his lunch. When he came out, the bear was walking toward him and swatted him to the ground.
Cerda says the cinnamon-colored black bear sent him ten to 15 feet when it hit him.
When the bear took off up a hill, Cerda ran to his car about 30 feet away. He started the engine to get the electric windows up just as the animal was coming back toward him.
Cerda says the bear was anywhere from 150 to 500 pounds and nearly six-and-a-half feet tall when standing.