Jim West was walking in the woods in Cariboo, British Columbia, with his dogs last Saturday when he came face to face with an enraged black bear. The situation was clearly dire and a total bummer.

The Canadian was soon in a fight to the death. With no other options, he picked up a stick and used it to fight off the animal. The bear continued, and West eventually crushed the bear's skull using the makeshift club.

"All I saw was eyes full of hatred ... I had no option ... So I stuck my foot up and tried to kick her in the face," he said. The bear responded by knocking him to the ground, and then tearing into the back of his skull with its claws. The bear bit into his ribs and his left arm before West was able to get to his feet and grab a large stick.

"I said, in effect, 'bring it on sweetie.' I took one step forward -- smash!" said West. "I swung the stick and broke it over her head. She kind of stood there and shook it off, like she was stunned. I swung my piece of wood like a sledgehammer driving spikes and I kept swinging till she was lying flat on the ground."

West walked about a mile to a local lodge before being transported to a hospital -- where it took doctors 60 stitches to sew up the damage the bear had done. We imagine doctors then bowed down in front of West, and began chanting a prayer to the newly christened "Lord Badass of the Universe."

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