Man attacked by grizzly bear while mountain biking in BC Interior

Aug 17 2020, 11:24 am

BC Conservation Officers are investigating after a 58-year-old man was attacked by a grizzly bear while mountain biking near the town of Lillooet over the weekend.

According to the BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS), the man was biking in the “isolated Spruce Lake Wilderness Area, north of Gold Bridge, when he was attacked by a sow with two cubs shortly after 4 pm.”

The attack left the man with non-life threatening injuries to his abdomen and leg. His wife, who was with him, “used bear spray on the sow and it left with the cubs. She was not injured,” the BCCOS said.

Pemberton Search and Rescue responded to the area with an air ambulance, and the man was flown to a hospital in Kamloops.

On Monday, the BCCOS said officers have been deployed to the area to continue to the investigation. In addition, officials said the trail, which is within the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park area, will be shut down and signage will be posted.

The BCCOS noted that this is the second bear attack in a week in the Lillooet area.

On August 9, a man suffered injuries to his arm after being attacked in his tent on McLean Mountain by a black bear sow with a cub. In that case, the BCCOS said officers determined it was a surprise defensive attack and no efforts to capture the bears were made.

Officers also noted that while both these incidents happened within the span of one week, they are not connected.

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