Todd Orr. 10/26/16. Update to Grizzly Attack.

Todd Orr. 10/26/16.
Update to Grizzly Bear Attack.


Hey everyone.
It’s been three weeks now since the two Grizzly bear attacks and the following surgery to re-attach the two tendons in my left arm.


The deepest bite chipped the bone in my forearm, but luckily, the long canine tooth slipped between the tendon and nerve.


Each day, the movement and flexibility in my fingers improve.  Two more weeks with the splint and I can begin a more intensive physical therapy regiment.


There is still considerable numbness in my forearm, palm and fingers from the crushed and damaged nerves.  However, in time, they should regenerate and the numbness should subside.


The Frankenstein looking scars of two weeks ago look much better but still quite tender.


I stopped by my surgeons house for a chat about fishing this morning and to borrow some scrubs for a Halloween costume.  He believed my wounds were healing better than expected and was confident I would have near full recovery in a few months.


I sure like the small town atmosphere here in southwest Montana.  Your orthopedic surgeon is just another local guy you can call buddy, and you stop by for a chat or go out for a beer with.  🙂


My right arm, shoulder, chest, back and side are nearly healed.  A hundred stitches, staples and scabs have now become scars.  Most of the bruising has faded and the swelling and soreness is minimal.


I look back at the photos from a couple weeks past, and am reminded of how extensive the bites, claw marks and bruising really were.  Although only a dozen significant puncture wounds, other numerous bites did not break the skin, but definitely left their mark in cuts, scrapes and bruises.


The swelling and soreness from the bite marks on the back of my skull are completely gone.


The nasty claw gash and partial scalping along the right side of my head has also healed incredible well.  The 5 inch scar is barely visible within the hairline.  I have to thank the ER docs for doing a great job stitching!  Only minor swelling and a shaved strip through my hair remind me of that fretful day, the first of October.


Mentally, I’m doing really well. Only one bear dream to date that woke me, but nothing frightful.  I don’t fear my inevitable return into bear country, but I will be extra aware of my surroundings and likely looking over my shoulder often, the first few days back.  I hope that if I do see a bear, I can back away without being seen.


Sunday was very rewarding as I joined my Dad for an afternoon of fly fishing.  The erratic winds certainly didn’t help my one-armed fly casting and Dad out-fished me.


But no complaints, as it was my first day back in the mountains since the attack, and I thoroughly appreciated the fresh air and sunshine.

A fresh black bear track in the mud along the shoreline kept me looking over my shoulder, but it couldn’t spoil a great day with my father. I am thankful to be alive and enjoying life in Montana.

Again I want to thank everyone for the many thousands of healing wishes and words of img_1274encouragement.  I believe it is working wonders on my recovery. Thank you!  🙂

Enjoy the week everybody!

Todd Orr

Skyblade Knives

Comments (175)

  • Mark HengerOctober 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Glad your healing up. 🙂

  • Nicole ZeitnerOctober 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    So glad to hear you’re healing up well! Glad you and Uncle Wes got to enjoy some fishing too!

  • Joan NelsonOctober 26, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    SOOOO glad you are doing so well! One lucky guy- you must have work to do here! God Bless You!

  • mikeOctober 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm


  • Kendra wilsonOctober 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Continuing prayers in your recovery!

  • TammyOctober 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Glad you’re on the road to recovery. You’re a lucky man!

  • KathyOctober 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I am glad to hear that you are doing so well & that this has not made you fearful of returning to a life style you obviously love . It amazes me that you not only survived the attacks but were also alert enough to drive your self to help & call ahead to let them know you were coming . Keep up the healing & continue to live your life to the fullest .

  • patriciaOctober 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    So truly amazing.

  • Kathy McKee R.T.(R)October 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Your progression is phenomenal! So glad each day is better and better!

  • Crissie FreiseOctober 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Glad to see you are doing well! I initially saw your post on a friends page that knows you before it started flying through Facebook and my heart dropped when I read his post saying his buddy got attacked while hunting Elk. God has something he needs you here for, You may be looking over your shoulder for a bear but God has definitely has an angel there over you.

  • JoleneOctober 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Wow can’t believe how well your scalp has healed. Best wishes in your continued recovery. Jolene from Uk x

  • Jim WoodsOctober 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Chicks dig scars!

  • Jim and Jan PorterOctober 26, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Blessings upon you, and your fiancé, we’ve prayed often for your recovery and are delighted you and your Dad had some fishing time. The Porters

  • Jim WatersOctober 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Glad you’re healing up and escaped more serious injury buddy…
    GOD bless !

  • Ed DunnOctober 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Todd, kept up with your story from the beginning and heard the interview on the “American Warrior “blog. A gripping tale and a fascinating insight into the life you lead out there. I only recently watched the film the “Revenant” and my wife and I winced at the similar scene! Good luck with your recovery and thankyou for sharing this amazing story.

  • Diane Randolph CristOctober 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    We are so thankful for your tremendous healing & we continue to pray for your healing!! Thank you for sharing this update.

  • J Todd AndersonOctober 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Love you attitude Todd! I’m also a Todd and I’ve had some bad stuff happen but things like getting back to fly fishing and hunting and other outdoor activities always keeps me motivated to get back at it! Continued strong recovery!

  • Jane McCabeOctober 26, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you, dear one, for the new information. We look for the posts… it’s a great way to keep up and yet not impose! Hugs from all the Visto clan.

  • Lisa RayfordOctober 26, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for the update and glad to see you are doing better. I am terrified of Bears and wont camp where Bears are anymore after one woke us up from our sleep. WE heard him snorting. I can’t imagine what you went through.

  • Laci HunterOctober 26, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    So happy you are healing well and are still here to share this story…. I admire your positive outlook and how you continue to find the good in everything you went through and are overcoming! You are one awesome dude! Will continue to follow your progress and storytelling. I always look forward to a Todd update!

  • Joann SchuetzeOctober 26, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Yay Todd!! So enjoy hearing about your progress. Keep up the good work!

  • Lori-beth ManganOctober 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Wow it could of been so much worse glad to hear you are going to have a full recovery.Keep us updated when you go out on your next adventure#Facebooklive

  • lindaOctober 26, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Thank god that was horrifying I’m glad your ok

  • Paul PanepintoOctober 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I have been following your recovery from a small town in Louisiana. Happy to see you doing so well. Praying that all remains well. May your healing continue at flanking speed.

  • Kim TaylorOctober 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Wow your so brave Todd! Speedy recovery

  • Karen BartleyOctober 26, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    God Bless you Sir… God for sure was with you… <3 <3

  • Karen McCallOctober 26, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    So happy you are doing well. Love reading your story!

  • PattyOctober 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    As far as all of your wounds and gashes, they look great!
    I’m amazed at how well, their all healing, especially the one on your head.
    Take care and glad to see you out doing what you love to do..

  • ShannonOctober 26, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Glad to hear you are doing so well. As an orthopedic nurse I know the road you have recently traveled related to the description of your injurys. You have done fabulous! Also great to see the fly rod in hand. Keep up the great rehab!

  • AnneMareeOctober 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    So lucky to be alive! And remarkably healed so well! No infection!!!! You have a second chance to do something amazing with your life, make the most of it ?

  • Steve ThomasOctober 26, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Really glad you survived the whole ordeal. You have an amazing story to tell. Good luck with your complete recovery.
    It’s possible an angel was with you that day, or you may have not made it.

  • AngieOctober 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Prayers for a quick healing. Glad you’re not letting it stop you from getting out there and doing what you love. Cowboy up! !!

  • MichelleOctober 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    You are amazing! So glad you are healing and able to share your wisdom!

  • Rob ZornOctober 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Glad to hear your healing and looking to get back into natural. God continue to heal you and protect you. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    Tight lines

  • Scott BraucherOctober 26, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Man you are one tough hombre my friend! Impressive spirit

  • Kim cextonOctober 26, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Continued prayers for continued recovery

  • Bette SpauldingOctober 26, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    So happy to see you are healing and that you had a great day with your dad!!! I miss my dad so much!!! Bette

  • Betsi wrightOctober 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Glad you are doing so well❤

  • GregOctober 26, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Glad you are on the mend and back in the woods! Thanks for the follow-up!

  • Traci ScottOctober 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I’m so glad to see your healing so well. I hope you have many more peaceful outdoor adventures in the future.

  • Laurie EklundOctober 26, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    So glad to here this good news!! Praying for a complete recovery and protection along with great joy in the years ahead as you spend time out in God’s glorious creation.

  • Paul DunneOctober 26, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Awesome recovery Sir.
    My hats off to your bravery and tenacity to get back on the horse.
    Best wishes and thanks for sharing your experience.
    Paul Dunne (Brisbane, Australia)

  • Melissa Visto PalmerOctober 26, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Looks like everything is healing up nicely. So grateful that you’ve avoided the dreaded bear saliva infection. Hope you’re finally getting some much needed sleep at night.

  • Lala CrippsOctober 26, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    So happy to hear your recovery is coming along nicely. I have been following your story. Happy for the update. As I am from bear country (Likely, British Columbia) I can appreciate your story. My mother had an encounter with a grizzly. Thankfully was able to get away unscathed but the bear did back track her all the way to camp.

  • MonikaOctober 26, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    So happy you have come through this as well as you have!! You have such a good outlook. Take Care of you and YES look over your shoulder!

  • Jennifer KellyOctober 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Glad to see you are doing better! I hike a lot in the adirondacks… it!…..but am always looking over my shoulder. We don’t have grizzlys’ but I’m sure the black bears can do a bit of damage too, especially if you accidentally walk between mama and cubs! Keep the posts coming, and again so glad you are healing quickly!

  • Gordon ToddOctober 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Glad to hear this good news! Also glad for you and your Dad to get out together, I know he enjoyed it as much as you.

  • Andrew DarrOctober 26, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Well its good to see you are recovering Todd. What an experience to survive and tell the tale. Take care

  • Jo Ann Brown-ScottOctober 26, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I am so glad that your recovery is this good – i have actually thought about you often, always sending positive vibes and prayers. Here’s to the resiliency of the human mind and body! – hugs, Jo

  • LauraOctober 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Great update. Your positive attitude is helping you heal, I have no doubt!

  • Ken ScottOctober 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Glad to hear you are doing better and healing quickly.

  • Jennylewelling@yahoo.comOctober 26, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    So thankful you are healing! I am totally terrified of bears-my greatest fear!! I sure wouldn’t be brave enough to go back out there fishing! God bless you!!

  • Tim DuffneyOctober 26, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    God is Good

  • EmmaOctober 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Wow that is amazing! I can’t believe how fast you’re healing up & Thank God for no infection.

  • paulOctober 26, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Sorry I think those bears should be hunted down because they now know how to hunt us.

  • Nancy WoodallOctober 26, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I am glad to see you are doing a lot better , your posting picture on face book after it happen went over the net like a wild fire. And the news station here in Tampa Bay Fl. pick it up to bad you won’t get paid for your Documentary of the Grizzly Attack on you . It would help with the Doctor Bills. Be Safe . Wild Freedom Federation founder Nancy Woodall

  • VincentOctober 26, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    God bless and lucky man, serious question do you carry and if not y not just curious???

  • Amy TidmoreOctober 26, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I am just so overwhelmed by your upbeat spirit. Such a role model for others. Truly a blessed honorable man. Continue on with your spirit. Prayers for you my friend. God bless you

  • Jenny GoodwinOctober 26, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing your progress. The extent of your injuries are not immediately noticeable in the original photos. The comparison between freshly stitched and healed wounds is remarkable. Praise God you live to tell the story of your survival.

  • BradOctober 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Good Luck! I’m glad you are doing so well. I’m sure in the least your first day back will be a victory for you.

  • JamieOctober 26, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Great read . all the best with your recovery . You have a great attitude about the attack and life overall.

  • Mona PittmanOctober 26, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    glad you are healing well,good vibes for continued healing

  • Michael ScottOctober 26, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Glad to see your progress and that your doing well Todd.

  • Mario GervasiOctober 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Glad to see your doing a lot better. Haven’t been able to keep track of your progress. But from the before to the after pictures you are looking good. Great to see your doing well.

  • Paul MatthewsOctober 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Todd,
    Glad to see your healing up well, that is some story with the scars but time healing up helps.
    Kind regards
    Paul Matthews

  • Bob BennettOctober 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Looks like it’s healing well. I had 6 bears come in on me in the middle of the night on a backpacking trip. Walked so close to my tent gobbling and moaning that they literally tore my tent lines out of the ground collapsing my tent with me in it! I layed there dead silent in my bag in my flat tent inside while they tore my camp to shreds. Luckily they did their business and I crawled out hours later untouched! That was a long night buddy! Be aware! Its no joke! They are out there and they do get hungry! Be safe! Bob Bennett

  • Janine ClavadetscherOctober 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I’m so glad you are healing so well, physically and mentally! You are a very lucky man.

  • Lavoena KeelingOctober 26, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Angels are real!

  • Sam castilloOctober 26, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Damn dude and I thought I was going through a hard point in my life…. thank you for helping me put it into perspective. Good Luck

  • Pat KowalchukOctober 26, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Brave man is all I can say, your angels were watching over you but maybe not quite good enough. So good to hear you are on the mend.

  • AmberOctober 26, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    so glad your feeling so much better Todd been following since mom first told us. We will continue to keep you in out prayers. Lots of love Amber and family

  • Anthony WoodsOctober 26, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    As the quote goes – “A scar simply means you where stronger than whatever tried to hurt you…” Glad your on the mend Todd – also glad your back in the great outdoors with all its trepidations 😉 !

  • ChantelOctober 26, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I’m so glad you survived to tell your story. My husband and I were in mt a month ago abd he kept on wanting to hike without bear spray or any protection and your story taught him the dangers of bear country. We are not at the top of the food chain. We did go to fairy lake. You’re in my thoughts, chantel

  • Erika burleighOctober 26, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. We still have one male, 9 weeks old. Karelian Bear Dog from our litter. He will warn you if there is a bear near and chase off any bear that tries to attack -when he gets a little older. call us 406-864-0017 (near Missoula).

  • Andrew WaltersOctober 26, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    GREAT TO SEE YOUR PROGRESS!!! Keep up the good work!

  • Scott MattingleyOctober 26, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Glad your doing well, your a much braver man then me cause i don’t think i would want to go back into bear country any time soon ! If it were me. Get well soon!!

  • Eric BreenOctober 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Healing up good to see body and Spirit.

  • Bess SmithOctober 26, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    So happy to hear and see that you are healing well. I will be more watchful when in the woods too!

  • Karen Lemon KirwanOctober 26, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the update! You answered my main question which was about ptsd and bad dreams! Haha! I have never had a bear encounter, but have occassional bad dreams STILL which stem from a bearskin rug on the wall of our tiny house which scared me at night as a small child over 50 yrs ago! Can not even imagine…….

  • DJ RankoskyOctober 26, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Glad to hear it buddy!!! Thinking about you every time I hit the woods. No shortage of those grizzlies here!!!

  • CaroleOctober 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    So glad your doing better . I must say shock or not the way you did your commentary right after the arrack made me feel so sorry I wasn’t there to help you to hospital , your a brave man with luck on his side that day . Wishing you a full recovery and many enjoyable days with your family . This update made my day , from Carole in Alberta Canada

  • Kristin MacyOctober 26, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and progress. You are an amazing human who has survived a horrendous attack by a slightly psychotic bear who was mightily protecting her cubs. Please keep showing your progress and I hope you are out there fishing and hunting soon.

  • Heidi HahnOctober 26, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    So glad to hear that your healing is going so well for you Todd. Wishing you well & continue success with your healing!!

  • LeonaMNOctober 26, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Stay safe Todd & Dad Tell Dad Wes hi from SD.

  • Jocelyn PattersonOctober 26, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Prayers will continue that you get better every day!

  • Tom AndersonOctober 26, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Praying for full and complete Recovery! Over my life I have been quite a few life and limb threatening situations. You have the right attitude for recovery and a tale for your great grandkids.

  • Tracy ForbushOctober 26, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Glad to see the recovery is going well , keep at it, you are tough as nails to have survived and acted the way you did during the ordeal, best of luck on a complete recovery both physically and mentally !

    Tracy Forbush, Eagle River, Alaska

  • RyanOctober 26, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Todd you are one lucky man

  • Jason KregerOctober 26, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    You are truly blessed

  • Alex NucciOctober 26, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Glad you are OK! Your story is inspirational and its amazing you are alive to tell about it! God bless

  • CCOctober 26, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Wow, God sure protected you ❤️

  • JeanetteOctober 26, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Glad to read of your remarkable recovery! Keep on leeping on! Look forward to next update! Maybe someday you could teach me to fly fish 🙂

  • TammyOctober 26, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Amazing. Thanks for the update. Tammy RN

  • KyleOctober 26, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Good luck in your recovery. You reinforced why we always travel to Montana. You guys are the best Neighbors we could ever ask for. All the best from Alberta.

  • Janice SmithOctober 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Surely you won’t place yourself in such danger again!

  • LorraineOctober 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    I was in the Eastern Sierra’s when I heard about your ordeal…Glad you are doing so well. Thank you for the update. Heal well and keep that positive attitude.

  • BettyTrainerOctober 26, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    So glad to see you are doing soooo much better. You are a true miracle. Take Care n God Bless. ?

  • MelissaOctober 26, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! So glad for such a positive outcome! God Bless!

  • JohnOctober 26, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Your’re1 lucky guy, God was your Copilot.
    We cruise timber regularly in northern nj and periodically run into black bears. Many sizes, some probably 700 lbs. They are king. I guess we are somewhat comfortable around them, but always have this feeling.

  • Roberta McKayOctober 26, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Best of healing to you.

    • Ben WoodOctober 27, 2016 at 1:36 am

      Healing is a skill.

  • Kristina and Allan LeightyOctober 27, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Todd, it’s so great to see your speedy recovery both physically and mentally. We continue to keep you and your family lifted in prayer!
    We look forward to seeing you be able to get back to your passions.
    Best regards,
    Allan and Kristina
    World of Whitetails

  • LisaOctober 27, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Thank god. U are very lucky

  • Randy ShinkleOctober 27, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Glad you’re healing well. Always nice to follow a fellow fly fisher

  • PatriciaOctober 27, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Happy to see and hear of your remarkable recovery, continued prayers for your restored health.

  • peterOctober 27, 2016 at 12:42 am

    First read. Your guts, environment and neighbours you are pleased to call friends, are definitely helping you heal buddy. Best to you from black bear country, Elliot Lake, Northern Ontario, Canada..

  • Melanie HougeOctober 27, 2016 at 12:49 am

    What a great story of strength and perseverance. I look forward to keeping up with your story and progress.

  • Randy DiekmannOctober 27, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I’m very impressed by your attitude to this whole thing. I’m glad you’re healing fast emotionally and physically.

  • CharlieOctober 27, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Looks as though you’re healing nicely mate. Thanks so much for the update Todd. Much appreciated. It won’t be long before you’re right back in the woods. Good luck and take care bud.

  • gabeparrOctober 27, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Good to see you out there.

  • Carolyn Stephenson LindquistOctober 27, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Thank you Lord!

  • williamOctober 27, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Curious to know the caliber of your pistol and why it wasn’t ready after your first attack.

  • Bob WhitleyOctober 27, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Great report! Thanks for the update and keep up the good work. 🙂

  • Mike CostleOctober 27, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Glad you are doing will. Always hard to out fish Dad.

  • helpfuhermitOctober 27, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Glad you are getting better!

  • Eunice MacDonaldOctober 27, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Wow you were soo lucky

  • April LeodesOctober 27, 2016 at 1:55 am

    That was real horrid but your lucky none the less, it’s nice to see your doing good.

  • TinaOctober 27, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Glad they got you fixed up

  • SaraOctober 27, 2016 at 1:57 am

    You’re an amazingly strong man!!

  • MarianneOctober 27, 2016 at 2:02 am

    You are one AMAZING guy. Thanks for the update. God be with you 🙂

  • AlanOctober 27, 2016 at 2:02 am

    That is pretty impressive healing. Way to go!

  • shelee steeleOctober 27, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Thanks for updating! Looking good! Glad the healing is doing good!

  • Wendy WilsonOctober 27, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Thanks for the update! So glad you are doing as well as you are!

  • David PhillipsOctober 27, 2016 at 2:36 am

    That’s awesome bro. Praying for complete healing. Your story is an incredible one!

  • Teresa HigginsOctober 27, 2016 at 2:38 am

    So happy your doing good and your dad, family and friends were there to help and support you. You are amazing. So very scary what you went through. Question, did the game warden people hunt bear down or leave her be? I know what they did to Grizzly mama and her Cubs at Yellowstone last year but that was more grisly. But the man was off trail without bear spray. Interesting to know if they treat cases like this the same or different.

  • KenOctober 27, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Good on ya Man. Keep on the PT and positive attitude. You are an inspiration for us all!

  • MariaOctober 27, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Wow this is amazing. So glad to read about you healing well and getting back to normal..

  • DebbieOctober 27, 2016 at 2:49 am

    you’re my hero… glad to hear you are healing so well. We are amazed of your story and your attitude on life.

  • Garry GirdleyOctober 27, 2016 at 2:49 am

    How can we buy your knives??

    • Garry GirdleyOctober 27, 2016 at 2:51 am

      Also can I borrow your rabbits foot???

  • AngieOctober 27, 2016 at 3:17 am

    God speed! ?❤️ Glad you are doing so much better.

  • C AlexanderOctober 27, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Sooo cool Dude VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!! You a living MEGA TESTIMONIAL beyond comprehension!!! Wow wow wow YOUUUUUU ALIVE TODD you really survived the ENTIRE!!!! Speechless the World has been, reading your live-feed accounts from tht fortunate & unfortunate day!!! Live live live my friend. Yours truly a live Living Conscious Person. Carpe Diem Todd carpe diem Sir

  • ChadOctober 27, 2016 at 3:31 am

    I was out hiking near emigrant this weekend and my dogs scared up a grizz. First thing that came to mind was you and your story. Thankfully mine headed the opposite way as soon as I screamed and the dogs barked. Best of luck with the healing you have coming. I hear you are a whiskey sour kind of guy and when ever you get a free moment I’d love to share one with you.

  • KellieOctober 27, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Good to see you recovering nicely!! Montana is a great place to live!

  • KimOctober 27, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Your wounds look great. Happy to hear you are doing well. Will pray for your full recovery & future safety as you enjoy Big Sky country. Signed, a Wyoming neighbor❣️

  • chris mooreOctober 27, 2016 at 3:50 am

    you’re healing miraculously…i’ve showed and told people about this story, it’s amazing and glad you lived to tell about it!!

  • CJ HardingOctober 27, 2016 at 5:10 am

    You really took a beating. You lived to tell the tale. Miraculous. Probably hard to believe. Glad you are healing so well.

  • Trevor PurtillOctober 27, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Your a complete beast dude! I’m in Australia now but when i was in the northeast. I was waiting for that big Bear to come out. Er dint have that down here!
    Thank Jesus

  • Philo in AZOctober 27, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Todd, glad you are on the mend and back out in God’s country. I know you have had time to reflect on what happened and if you have thought of anything you would have done different or any addition measures you will take in the future, please share the with the rest of us. Take care and God speed.

  • Sally-Jane DelaneyOctober 27, 2016 at 7:43 am

    There is no doubt that God is taking care of you he is rewarding you for your strength of spirit and belief
    As we all continue to pray and your recovery will be swift and miraculous. ..this will only go to further show the Power of combined Prayer
    We are close to understanding the true nature of miracles and healing we have been hoodwinked for thousands of years but the veil is lifting
    Watch Thrive on YouTube and all becomes clear
    Your country will need a special Guy like you God bless you and your family you have a job to do now
    You have been chosen and prepared for great times xx

  • Lori BaldwinOctober 27, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Wow you are healing up great. Good to see that you are not letting the attack keep you from enjoying the wonders of nature.

  • Paula HinkleOctober 27, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    So glad you are getting better.

  • ArtOctober 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I am inspired by your attitude! It appears you are healing very well. Thanks for the continued updates.

  • Raven FlahertyOctober 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    You. Are. Amazing!! ?

  • Kristie WagnerOctober 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Prayers work wonders. I am impressed by your healing so far. I hope you can enjoy fishing again and be safe.

  • Julie SmithOctober 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Todd. Glad you’re healing so well, what a traumatic event. Hope someone brings you some elk steak since that’s what you after, not a bear beating. Hope you escape that medieval torture thing on your left arm soon.
    J Smith

  • Jowanna KeilOctober 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    So glad your recovery is coming along good! Sending healing prayers for a speedy recovery ??God bless??

  • BrookeOctober 27, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Prayers for healing and strength to you. You had an Angel with you that day. God Bless You.

  • TerraOctober 27, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Glad your healing well

  • KadaOctober 27, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Oh my.. you’re healing so well And happy to know that mentally your doing well. Continue prayers..

  • Rodney BrownOctober 27, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I’m so glad you and your uncle recovered from that gruesome bear attack. Wishing you guys a speedy recovery.b

  • Cindy Short cartyOctober 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Wow!!! So thankful you survived and healing….man this is FREAKY and I know all of us want to learn as much as we can from your experience !!! Gotta love a mountain man!

  • AunaOctober 27, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    You had a guardian angel or five looking over you. You are one lucky man. Don’t take another minute for granted. Live each day like it was your last. Laugh like you have never laughed love like you will never love again. You were given a second chance at life.

  • NealOctober 27, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    The doctors really did a great job patching you up. Nice to see such a good mental and physical recover after an attack like that.

  • Shawna W.October 27, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I cannot imagine what you went through! I’ve been thinking about you and your ordeal! So glad your healing and getting out and about! Hang in there!

  • MarcelOctober 27, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Wow. You look great compared with almost a month ago.

  • Joane WhiteOctober 27, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Your recovery is amazing. Your Guardian Angel was really working over time! 🙂

  • Scott LawsonOctober 27, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Wow, so glad you are healing so wonderfully!

  • Wanda JonesOctober 27, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    This is why you must live, laugh and love like there’s no tomorrow. Tomorrow is not promised I would say that you are like a cat with 9 lives, I’ll bet this wasn’t your first scare on life. May GOD bless and watch over you.

  • Shantal murphyOctober 28, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Todd, was curious to know. The bear spray you had with you. How far from expiration was it. I use bear spay when I am out, but I sometimes wonder if it is still potent enough when it is getting close to expiration.

  • ChristineOctober 28, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Awesome news on your recovery to date! All I can say, is you rock young man!

  • Amanda DunwaldOctober 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I am the same way. I have never seen a bear in real life except at the Billings zoo but I am terrified. I moved to Big Timber two and a half years ago and I pray to never see one. I worry when I take my kids to the canyon and the natural bridge but I am extremely loud and I just recently bought a gun but I dont take it with. I will probably next year just to be safe. That is scary how close a bear got to you all. I camp outside our house. That is the closest my kids get to camping with me. Haha

  • Amanda DunwaldOctober 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    So glad that you are healing up good. I really thiught that head one would take awhile. All your wounds are looking good. So happy that you have gotten back out and get to spend more time with your family and friends, also that you dont have a lot of problems with nightmares from that day. You definetly have angels watching over you. May god bless you with many more years of hunting and fishing. My kids and I have been following you and watching your recovery. You should write a book or something.

  • Deanna GreenoughOctober 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    It’s so great to see how well you’re doing . . . .We’ve all been praying and sending you wishes for a complete recovery.

  • Lisa VandenbosOctober 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Todd. Glad to see you are healing up and lots of progress is being made. The body is an amazing thing and your surgeon too! We also had recent encounter with a griz in Yellowstone. The Park communications people were happy (and so were we) to have a positive bear spray story and three unharmed survivors (me, my husband and the bear). Bear spray saved our lives, wish it had worked better for you. Bravo on your self-control and patience during the attack, not making noise to provoke the bear again. Glad to hear you are back out fishing. That is certainly good for the soul.

  • CindyOctober 28, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    So glad your on the mend and you are one lucky man to survive a grizzly attack.

  • DianneOctober 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Looking much better! Making progress, brave young man, pray for you!

  • Fred SingletonOctober 30, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I thought I was a tough guy, but you raised the bar! Unbelievable tale of survival !

  • Ginger ShoreNovember 1, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Good to see you out on the river. Wishing you a full recovery

  • Scott MaierNovember 1, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Glad to hear you are getting better !! God bless and be safe !

  • Maria TassoniNovember 3, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Like most everyone that read your story, I was completely horrified and riveted. This is my worst nightmare. I am so happy that you were smart enough and skilled enough to know what to do to survive. I am so impressed by that. You look like you are healing beautifully. I wish you continued progress toward a full recovery!

  • DonnelleNovember 8, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Your courage to return to the Montana mountains is remarkable!

  • Katrina reevesNovember 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Glad to see your improveing.. still sending prayers.. #lousisanafamily

  • Robert ReegDecember 10, 2016 at 2:58 am

    I saw your original video from the day you were attacked, you weren’t looking quite yourself! I’m glad you’re healing well, it’s great that you didn’t end up with an infection from the punctures.

  • TOM BABCOCKApril 25, 2017 at 12:58 am


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