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‘Chewed Her Up Bad’: Bear stalked woman in rare predatory attack

Two women suffered life-changing injuries after being mauled by a black bear, in what is believed to have been a predatory attack.

leotard [Cheng] Canoy, his niece Wennali, his friend, Analyn Shurtliff Bartolome, and Bartolome’s teenage son, were charged and attacked by a male black bear while walking in Dawson Creek, British Columbia on October 10. All but the niece were injured, and Canoy and Bartoleme were seriously injured.

“They turned to run and the bear chased them. A woman was attacked by the bear, while another woman and a teenager were also injured trying to help,” said the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) in a Facebook post.

Black bears are found all over North America, with between 120,000 and 150,000 of the creatures living in British Columbia in Canada alone. Black bears hibernate during the winter and enter their dens in October and November. Before their hibernation, which can last between three and eight months depending on the climate, bears can accumulate up to 30 pounds of body fat to last the long period without hunting.

“Dawson Creek RCMP and COS responded to the site of the attack,” BCCOS wrote. “RCMP shot and killed a bear in the immediate casualty area. One victim was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton, where he remains. His condition at this time is unknown. The other two victims were transported to Dawson Creek Hospital.”

According to Canadian CBC News, Canoy underwent six hours of surgery for injuries to his arms, head, back and ear. Bartoleme also suffered serious arm injuries.

“It’s my gift from God. It’s horrible to see my wife like this. The bear chewed her up,” Gary Hansen, Canoy’s husband, told CBC.

After examining the bear and the attack site, BCCOS confirmed that the male bear was acting alone and attempting to chase and kill the hikers.

“Conservation officers examined the site of the attack – which included taking photos, measurements and collecting evidence – and interviewed victims and witnesses as part of the investigation, which has determined that the attack was predatory in nature,” BCCOS said in another Facebook post.

This type of predatory attack is rare — according to ABC, about one in a million black bears will attack a human in a predatory way — and it may have been linked to the fact that hibernation season is about to begin.

“As has been well documented, bear attacks are very rare, but when black bears do attack, it is almost always predatory or defensively aggressive,” said Tom S. Smith, science professor at wildlife at Brigham Young University, Pleasemynews.

“Bears at this time of year are in their hyperphagic phase, which means they try to put on as much fat as possible for the long winter sleep. While the bear may have been old, sick or undernourished, we don’t need to cite a pathological reason for an attack: sometimes bears simply attempt to capture humans, as they would any prey, when ‘think’ they can. That seems to be the case here.”

In the event of a bear encounter, the BC government website advises hikers to back up slowly, speak to the bear in a calm, monotone voice, and not to shout, turn the back to the bear, kneel or make direct eye contact. .

“Victims ran instead of standing and staying together. In the event of a predatory encounter, you shouldn’t run,” Kim Titchener, president of Bear Safety & More, told Pleasemynews.

“Running can trigger the instinct to hunt and a prey response. We recommend that you take a bear safety course, physically wearing bear spray in a case on your body. If you encounter a bear and approaching you, stick together as a group and spray the bear. Catch young children and leash dogs. If it is a predator, yell, yell and hold your ground. look big and be prepared to use your bear spray. If he attacks, fight back, use rocks, sticks, and punch his nose and poke his eyes.”

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