A hunter attacked by a grizzly bear also suffered a gunshot wound from his hunting parter, who attempted to shoot the bear.
A 56-year old man was recently attacked by a grizzly bear and then shot by his hunting partner near Fernie, British Columbia, according to the Vancouver Sun. Latest reports have the unnamed man in stable condition.
He was attacked on Sunday, October 12, 2014 and suffered wounds requiring an airlift to a Calgary hospital. Reports say the two were hunting around 9:00 a.m. when the attack took place, approximately nine miles south of Fernie.
The Vancouver Sun said the attack came a year after a mother grizzly bear defending her cub attacked a group of hunters in this same area. In that incident, the bear pushed the hunter down a steep trail but was diverted by bear spray.
Fernie is in the Elk Valley area of the East Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia, Canada, located on BC Highway 3 on the eastern approaches to the Crowsnest Pass through the Rocky Mountains. This area is known as the heart of the Canadian Rockies by most.
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This is the second time in a month a North American survived a grizzly bear attack.
According to the city of Fernie’s tourism website, grizzly encounters are not uncommon in this area. In the nearby Flathead Valley, there is one grizzly per 15 square kilometers, which is approximately six miles. That totals an approximate 150 bears per six miles. If you’re a human calculator, you’ll see that bears are overpopulated here.
These bear attacks are becoming too common for many territories. A grizzly bear can reach weights of between 300 and 800 pounds. They can be very aggressive in the wilderness, especially if they have their offspring in the area.