Grizzly attack sends northern B.C. man to hospital

The Canadian Press VICTORIA – A man is in hospital in serious condition following a grizzly attack in northern B.C.

A spokeswoman for the Vancouver Island Health Authority says the attack happened in Oweekeno, about 480 kilometres northwest of Vancouver along the province’s rugged Central Coast.

Anya Nimmon says the man was flown to Victoria General Hospital.

The attack comes as a Lillooet, B.C. community awaits autopsy results that will show whether a woman found dead near her home, in the provincial Interior, was killed by a black bear.

In two recent but unrelated incidents, Mounties were forced to shoot a bear that killed two alpacas in Kamloops and conservation officers killed another that wandered too close to Victoria’s downtown core.


Aussies lose court case over grizzly attack

From the Calgary Sun — Two Aussie tourists mauled by a grizzly 15 years ago won’t be compensated by the federal government, a Calgary judge ruled Monday.

Justice Ged Hawco said Banff National Park personnel did nothing negligent in their handling of the bear problem leading up to the Sept. 25, 1995, attack on Andrew Brodie and Owen Hereford.

“In my respectful opinion, the warning signs were appropriate,” Hawco said in a written decision.

The Court of Queen’s Bench judge said there’s an inherent danger to anyone going to the mountain parks that they might encounter such wildlife.

“There is some risk to campers in any campsite in Banff National Park that they will encounter a bear,” Hawco said.

Hawco also said wardens took appropriate steps following two earlier incidents, including one which involved two bears mauling an empty tent in the same campground three days prior.

Lawyer Mark Freeman had argued park officials should have done more to ensure the safety of visitors in light of those incidents.

Freeman said the government was liable for the attacks because Hereford and Brodie weren’t told there had been grizzlies in that campground.

But Hawco said such a specific warning wasn’t necessary considering a bear expert testified there had never been a case of a grizzly attacking a tent which didn’t contain food, or garbage.

Hereford and Brodie took all the necessary precautions before setting up tent the night of Sept. 24, 1995, at a Lake Louise site after they couldn’t get into the local hostel.

Early the next morning, a grizzly ripped through their tent, mauling both men, who suffered serious wounds, but recovered.

“In this case, it was the considered view of the park wardens … that there was no foreseeable risk of injury to a camper so long as there was no food or garbage in the camper’s tent,” Hawco said.

He noted warnings were posted at the site entrance kiosk and each camper was warned about bear activity.

“The steps taken were reasonable in the circumstances,” he said.

Had they proven liability, Hawco would’ve awarded Brodie $40,000 and Hereford $30,000 for his injuries and $87,500 in lost income since he was delayed entering the workforce by six months.

Freeman said he’s yet to discuss a possible appeal with his clients.

Bear attacks two sleeping B.C. men

From CBC News in British Columbia:

Two Nelson, B.C., men are recovering from wounds suffered in a grizzly bear attack earlier this week.

Jeff Hebert and Ken Scown were on a hunting trip in the near Canal Flats in the East Kootenay region, about 300 kilometres southwest of Calgary, when they say a grizzly attacked them early Wednesday morning as they slept in their tent.

Hebert shows a forearm wound where he was bitten by the grizzly. (CBC)

The animal — estimated to be two metres tall — jumped onto the tent, landing on Scown, while Hebert struggled to load his rifle in the dark.

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