Grizzly Bear Attacks Mountain Biker, Bites Through Helmet In British Columbia

According to a report from the Conservation Officer Service, coming out of British Columbia, a 58-year-old man was attacked by a grizzly bear while mountain biking with his wife in the Lillooet area of the Spruce Lake Wilderness this past Sunday, August 16th.

The man and his wife were biking along the Castle Pass Trail in that area when he was attacked by the bear, who also had two cubs with her. This was shortly after 4 P.M. local time.

The man's wife fended off the bear by using bear spray, which did cause the bear to give up its attack and flee the area with the cubs.

The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his leg and abdomen. Pemberton Search & Rescue and an air ambulance airlifted the man to a hospital in Kamloops. His wife was not injured.

The Conservation Officer Service (COS) was able to interview the man that night about the incident, with the COS Predator Attack Team heading into the area the following morning to begin their investigation. That investigation was concluded on Monday and determined that this was a surprise defensive attack. No effort has been or will be made to capture the bears.

This is the second bear attack in the Lillooet area over the last week, the first happening on August 9th. A man was injured by a black bear, also with a cub, resulting in an arm injury. Again, the COS Predator Attack Team found this incident to be a surprise defensive attack and no efforts were made to capture those bears.

Please be aware of the possibility of bear encounters when heading out into the wilderness, including excursions that stay on main trails. Research the likelihood of a bear encounter, as well as how to handle the incident safely. Information can be found by contacting local, state, federal, and provincial wildlife agencies or by visiting their websites. Linked below is a page from the U.S. National Park Service on how to stay safe in areas that have bears.

Staying Safe Around Bears - Bears (U.S. National Park Service)

Avoiding an Encounter Following viewing etiquette is the first step to avoiding an encounter with a bear that could escalate into an attack. Keeping your distance and not surprising bears are some of the most important things you can do. Most bears will avoid humans if they hear them coming.

Photo Credit: Conservation Officer Service/FB


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