Hunter shoots bear, bear attacks him

A black bear lays dead after a 60-year-old man was attacked after he had shot the bear while...

A black bear lays dead after a 60-year-old man was attacked after he had shot the bear while hunting on private party in Smoky Lake County, Alta. (Photo Courtesy/Alberta Fish & Wildlife)

Catherine Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

The recent bear attack near Smoky Lake, Alta., is not a typical situation, say wildlife officials.

A hunter was injured on Sunday after the black bear he shot but failed to kill turned on him, said Brendan Cox, public affairs officer with the province.

"The bear's behaviour wasn't unnatural," Cox said.

The victim -- a Mandarin-speaking man around 60 years old and from Edmonton -- is recovering at Edmonton's university hospital. He suffered puncture wounds to his arms, and there are concerns of nerve damage on his hand.

During the attack, the man was able to shoot the bear to death before making his way to a nearby residence where emergency crews were called.

"He was out looking for bears -- if you go out looking for them, chances are you'll be able to find one," Cox said. "It's not the same as just stumbling upon a bear, or an unprovoked attack."

Cox said he is unsure if he had gone hunting in a group.

STARS air ambulance flew the man to hospital.

The man was a licenced hunter, hunting with permission from the landowner, Cox said.


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