Conservation Officers say two people are lucky to escape with their lives after being attacked by a grizzly bear in a remote area north of Kimberley.
Inspector Joe Caravetta explains the pair were searching for a hunting location in the Dewar Creek area Saturday near the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park.
Caravetta says the individuals, who weren’t carrying firearms or bear spray, found themselves between a mother and her two cubs which led to a spontaneous and quick attack.
The animal attacked one before turning to the other.
The victims were able to walk back to their vehicle and drive to East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook.
Caravetta says, as of Monday afternoon, one person remains in hospital while the other has been released.
The two suffered injuries to their head, arms, legs and torso.
Caravetta explains they are treating the incident as a natural event that occurred in an isolated area so CO’s will not pursue the bears.
He says the sow was doing what comes naturally to her in order to protect her cubs and, unfortunately, the men were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Caravetta says we live in bear country and suggests whenever you are going into the backcountry you should carry repellent with you.
– BC Conservation Office Inspector Joe Caravetta
(Stock photo of bear)