Duluth Man Shares Story of Grizzly Bear Attack
He's working on a memoir about the life-changing experience
A Duluth man is sharing an amazing story of survival after he was attacked by a grizzly bear.
Alex Messenger, a native of the Twin Cities who now lives in Duluth, recently spoke to the Duluth Explorers Club about his near-death experience.
Back in 2005, the high school senior was on a 42 day group canoe trip in northern Canada when he came face–to–face with a grizzly bear.
Messenger, just 17 at the time, was hiking alone when the grizzly struck him across the face and took a large bite out of his thigh.
After blacking out, Messenger made it back to his camp and spent the next few days canoeing to the nearest town for help.
Eleven years later, Messenger is now sharing his story in a book he’s writing about this life–changing event.
“The experience was certainly traumatic and it took me a long time to come to terms with that and be comfortable in the outdoors,” Messenger says. “I wanted it to not dictate what I could and couldn’t do after the fact.”
Messenger now volunteers with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.
The book’s working title is “The 29th Day” which is the day of his trip the attack occurred. He says it’s going to be a non-fiction memoir, travel narrative and expects to have it completed by late next year.
(Photos provided in this story are courtesy Alex Messenger)