A 66-year-old man, Larry Yepez was attacked by a bear Thursday, but he fought off the animal and lived to tell an incredible tale.
The incident occurred around 4 a.m. at a home on Colorado Road near Highway 140 in Midpines. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said they believe the bear was rummaging through Larry Yepez's trash when he stepped out of his house in the early morning hours while it was still dark.
Yepez was able to fight off the 200-pound black bear and made it back into his home.
"I put my feet underneath his belly and kicked him, and the bear flipped backwards, but then he jumped back up," Yepez said. "I was doing everything I could to try to get him off of me."