Two men hunting sheep Sept. 6 on a remote mountainside of the Peace Region were mauled by a mother grizzly bear with two cubs.
The men were packing out the meat and head of their kill in a remote region south of Fort Nelson when they crossed paths with a sow grizzly bear.
One man was attacked, as was the second when he tried to intervene. Shots were fired but it is unclear if the bear was hit.
Rescuers were alerted when the hunter’s Spot satellite sent out an emergency message with GPS coordinates. Having travelled by horseback for six hours and hiked a trail, the injured men were in a very remote location which made rescue difficult.
Two medevac helicopters were dispatched, as was a Cormorant, but due to darkness setting in the men spent the night on the mountainside. They received first aid before being airlifted early the next morning to a hospital in Fort Nelson.
Both men received injuries to their head and necks and are in serious and critical condition.
The attack is being labelled a defensive one, with the smell of fresh meat and her accompanying cubs being the catalyst.