Man whose face was chewed off by a bear gets the ‘ultimate revenge’ by turning it into kebabs and EATING it: Swedish father and son also made meatballs, goulash and tacos
A father and son who were attacked by a bear in a forest in Sweden got what they described as ‘ultimate revenge’ – shooting it dead and turning it into kebabs and taco meat.
Pär Sundström, 42, suffered horrific injuries and had to undergo facial reconstruction after the animal knocked him to the ground and bit his cheek amid the attack in Ljusdal, central Sweden, last August.
The hunter surrenders his life to his teenage son Evert, who in a desperate attempt to save his brutal father headbutts the bear, infuriating the animal and stopping the attack.
The snarling animal turned on Evert, biting his arm and tossing him around like a rag doll – but this gave a bloodied Pär just enough time to grab his gun and shoot the bear dead at close range.
Pär was airlifted to hospital and underwent a series of operations to save his face, while Evert underwent treatment for a damaged arm.
But their fellow hunters stayed in the woods to process the bear, bagging enough meat to fill the family freezer for months and make kebabs, tacos and goulash.
“To stuff a taco with the meat of a bear that bit me in the face was truly the ultimate revenge in my eyes,” Pär gleefully told Swedish daily Aftonbladet.
Pär Sundström, 42, suffered horrific injuries and had to undergo facial reconstruction after the animal knocked him to the ground and bit his cheek amid the attack in Ljusdal, central Sweden, last August
The snarling animal turned on Evert, biting his arm and tossing him around like a rag doll – but that gave a bloodied Pär just enough time to grab his gun and shoot the bear dead
Evert is seen lying in a hospital bed shortly after undergoing surgery on his arm
The attack unfolded in August 2023, when Pär and Evert, then 14, went on a hunting trip with several friends.
They were walking through the forest when the bear, a large female, emerged from the trees and walked towards them.
Pär was armed with his rifle and managed to get a shot off the bear as it charged at him – but was powerless to stop the hulking animal from tackling him to the ground and tearing into his flesh.
Evert, who was standing just meters from his father at the time of the attack, told Swedish media: ‘I got so terribly angry and thought I had to do something… I practice karate and I ran forward and hit the bear’s head as hard as I could with my clenched hand. Then I don’t remember anything.’
That’s because the bear bit his arm and started stomping, knocking Evert around in the year and into the ground in a fit of rage.
But Evert’s brave intervention stopped the bear from devouring his father – and gave a badly injured Pär the moment to seize his weapon.
“I had to wait for the right sight to shoot so Evert wouldn’t be behind the bear and risk getting hit,” he said.
It was only when he fired the shot that Pär realized the true extent of his injuries.
“It splashed like hell, there was blood everywhere,” said Pär, who was forced to pick pieces of his face off the forest floor in the hope it could be reattached once the bear was dead.
“It was a big piece and I didn’t want to waste it because I thought they would be able to work it back in the hospital,” he said.
“I was relieved the bear couldn’t do any more damage, but it was terrible to see dad,” said Evert, who overruled his father’s suggestion that their friends drive them to the hospital and called the emergency services .
This, Pär said, probably saved his life, as he was airlifted to the hospital and rushed into a 13-hour operation.
“I am happy today that I have a very wise son,” he said.
“I think Evert is a hero because I think he saved my life right there and then, just because he reacted as quickly as he did.”
Doctors could not save Pär’s cheek, but were able to transplant skin from his thigh to reconstruct his face.
Pär is depicted on the hunt holding his gun before the bear attack
The brown bear is Sweden’s largest predator. It is thought that there are around 3,000 brown bears in the forests of the Scandinavian country
Sweden has an estimated population of around 3,000 brown bears – one of the densest bear populations in Europe.
These majestic creatures inhabit the dense forests and mountainous regions of Sweden, mainly in the central and northern parts of the country, where they roam vast areas in search of food and suitable habitats.
They are opportunistic omnivores and feed on a varied diet consisting of berries, nuts, salmon and sometimes small mammals.
Although they largely stay away from humans, there have been several cases of bear attacks in Sweden, mainly by females fearing for the safety of their cubs.
In Nordic countries such as Sweden, hunting bears is a popular tradition deeply rooted in folklore and cultural practices, and managing the bear population is an important part of preserving the ecosystem.
Bear meat, while not as popular as other game meats, is known for its rich, gamey flavor and tender texture – although meat harvested from bears that have fed on old salmon or rotting carrion should be avoided.
As Pär himself said: ‘The meat is dark, coarse, sweet and requires a lot of spices. This bear lived mainly on grasses and herbs; the meat is nice to eat.
‘If a bear has eaten bait, it is not possible to eat. Then the meat smells like surströmming (fermented herring)!’