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.


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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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