Hugh Glass

1783 - 1833

Legendary Frontiersman and Hunter

Survived a vicious Grizzly Bear Attack

Hugh Glass was an American frontiersman, fur trapper, trader, hunter and explorer. He is best known for his survival story after being left for dead by his companions when he was mauled by a grizzly bear.

While scouting game for the expedition, Glass surprised and disturbed a mother grizzly bear with her two cubs. Without warning, the mother bear charged at Glass, picked him up, bit, slashed, and lacerated his flesh, severely wounding him, and held him to the ground with hundreds of pounds of pressure. 

Glass nevertheless managed to kill the bear with help from the rest of his trapping party, but was left badly mauled. 

The rest of the trapping party carried Glass on a make-shift litter for two days, but by doing go the group's pace slowed significantly and it was getting colder by the day. 

After two days of struggle, the party leader Henry asked for two volunteers to stay with Glass until he died and bury him. John S. Fitzgerald and a man later identified as "Bridges" stepped forward. As the rest of the party left, Fitzgerald and Bridges began to dig Glass's grave. 

Fitzgerald later claimed that he and Bridges were forced to leave Glass because a group of attacking Arikara Indians were closing in. Fitzgerald and Bridges grabbed Glass's rifle, his knife, and all other equipment of value from Glass and left him in his unfinished grave.

For the rest of Hugh Glass's story view his video below.

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