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Man seriously injured by grizzly bear while hunting with father

A man in British Columbia suffered “significant injuries” after he was attacked by a grizzly bear while hunting with his father, Canadian authorities said Friday.

The 36-year-old man and his father were tracking a bear with dogs near Elkford — a remote area about 130 kilometers southwest of Calgary — on Thursday when an adult grizzly bear suddenly attacked him, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement. press release. Despite suffering broken bones and lacerations during the attack, the man was able to defend himself with his gun and the bear ran away. His father called for help.

The victim suffered “significant injuries” and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Calgary, where he remains, according to the Conservation Officer Service. The man was in stable condition when he was flown, police said.

Initially, there was no indication whether the grizzly was alive or injured. After an extensive search, conservationists found a dead grizzly bear in the area around 9 p.m. local time. Officers say they are confident it was the bear involved in the attack and that it succumbed to its gunshot wounds.

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A man suffered “significant injuries” after he was attacked by a grizzly bear while hunting with his father, Canadian authorities said Friday.

Nature Conservation Service

Conservationists worked with Alberta Fish and Wildlife officials to interview the victim and collect evidence.

Grizzly attacks are rare, but there have been some incidents in recent months in both Canada and the US. A Canadian one took place last fall couple and their dog were killed by a grizzly bear while backpacking in Banff National Park. The couple’s cousin said they sent a message final ominous message they sent from their GPS device: “Bear attack bad.”

A few weeks before, there was a hunter in Montana severely damaged by a grizzly bear.

Last July, a grizzly bear fatally mauled a woman on a forest trail west of Yellowstone National Park. The bear was later euthanized after breaking into a home near West Yellowstone in August.

Also that month there was a 21 year old woman planting trees seriously injured by a bear in British Columbia. Canadian officials were unable to locate the animal but believe it was a grizzly bear that attacked the woman.

In October 2022, a grizzly bear attacked and injured two college wrestlers in the Shoshone National Forest in northwestern Wyoming.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, grizzly bears are protected as an endangered species in the 48 contiguous states.

Last month, the U.S. National Park Service announced it would launch a campaign to capture grizzly bears in Yellowstone Park for research purposes. The agency urged the public to avoid areas with traps, which would be clearly marked.