Gilles Cyr told Canada's CBC News that he was walking through his heavily wooded property near Grand Falls, New Brunswick, when the black bear burst out of the woods and attacked him.
"When I opened up my eyes it was on top of me -- with the friggin' noise, it's crazy the way it growls. Right from the stomach... His mouth was wide open right in front of my face so the last thing I remember I had his tongue in my hand and I didn't want to let go because he was trying to fight me off… " Cyr said in a video interview.
"For a second, I thought I was dead … that's the first thing that comes to your mind when you open your eyes and see that friggin' mouth full of teeth and a tongue in there. It's like ... an extreme sport."
After wrestling with the bear, Cyr let the tongue go long enough to get away and get behind a tree. He had scratches on his stomach and a bear bite on his knee but was otherwise uninjured. The bear lost interest, he said, and wandered off.
Cyr said he later got a permit to track and kill the bear.