Mezzetta said the bear aggressively charged several times.
“When he hit the ground, he came right back up the tree again, climbed it, clawing at me, trying to bite me. He slipped again, came back around. He was frustrated, running around in circles,” he said.
“All of a sudden, he just took and ran right around, right up the tree, full speed, right up the tree.
“All I could do was just try and stomp on him with my boots,” Mezzatta said. “I was stomping on his claws and stomping on his nose, and stomping back and forth.
“Finally he gave up. Circled a couple more times, and gave up and left.”
Rescued by co-workers
Mezzetta said it was about an hour-and-a-half before help arrived.
Danny Lunn, another forestry worker, was one of the first on the scene to rescue Mezzetta.
“Luckily he had [a] cell signal,” said Lunn. “We used Google Maps to locate him.”
Lunn and two others had to travel through the woods about three kilometres before coming across Mezzetta’s perch.