Hard luck: Man attacked by grizzly, then shot by friend
Monday, October 13, 2014, 12:38 PM - In what we can only call the worst luck ever, a man was attacked by a grizzly bear Sunday morning, then shot by his friend.
The men were out hunting in the region of Fernie, in southern British Columbia, when the attack occurred.
The 56-year-old man survived the incident, and was flown by B.C.'s STARS air ambulance service to hospital in Calgary.
STARS spokesman David Fairbanks told the Canadian Press the man's friend accidentally shot him while attempting to down the animal. B.C.'s environment ministry reported the hunting partner did manage to kill the bear, and didn't take any injuries himself.
The victim's injuries were described as non-life-threatening at the scene.
There are an estimated 16,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada lists the species as one of "special concern" in Canada.
With files from the Canadian Press.
ENDANGERED SPECIES: Watch the video below for a look at grizzlys' Arctic cousins.