It was if nature had a field day with this hunter as the tables suddenly turned on him. He was the target of a bear’s angst and the victim of a missed shot while out in the woods for a relaxing day of hunting. He was both the hunter and the hunted all within a few seconds.
You don’t know what a bad day is until you’ve walked in this poor guys shoes during a recent hunting outing with a friend. Not only was he mauled by a bear, but he was also shot by his best friend who was trying to stop the bear from this attack, according to the Vancouver Sun on Oct. 14.
A 56-year-old man saw this string of bad luck unwind all within a few minutes while hunting in the Flathead Valley of B.C. with his best friend. It was about 9 a.m. when the bear seemingly came out of nowhere and attacked. The man’s buddy did what any good friend would do and that was attempt to get the bear off of his hunting partner.
He did this by aiming his gun and shooting, but the man being mauled was also shot. This was in a remote area about five or six miles south of Fernie. First responders rushed to the scene and they were able to get to the man with their ATV vehicles, which saved a lot of time.
It the rescue workers had to park and walk into the bush, it would have delayed getting the poor guy to the hospital with his bear mauling injuries and shotgun wound. They were able to drive the victim out of the thick wooded area on an ATV and then he was flown by helicopter to a Calgary hospital.
According to NBC News today, the man’s hunting buddy killed the bear when he shot at the creature, but at the same time he ended up wounding his friend. The friend saved the man’s life by killing the bear, according to David Karn with the Ministry of Environment. While the guy ended up with a gunshot wound, he is expected to survive. He is alive today, but if the bear hadn’t been shot, the outcome could have been grim for the victim.
He is listed in stable condition today. Conservation officers also responded to this call and stayed behind to investigate the incident. Bear attacks are not rare in this neck of the woods, especially when a mother bear has her cubs with her.
Last year a group of hunters were attacked in the same area by a mother grizzly who was defending her cub. The bear’s strength was no match for the hunters as she bore down so hard on one guy, she pushed him down a ravine. He staved off the attack with bear spray when she came back at him.
The bear then turned her sights on another hunter. One of the men pulled out a gun and shot the bear at close range. Both men were treated and released after that bear attack. There have been a few more, again many of them involving a mother bear defending their cub.