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Guy Survives Getting Mauled by Bear, Shot by Friend

Rescue attempt goes wrong
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2014 10:33 AM CDT
Guy Survives Getting Mauled by Bear, Shot by Friend
A grizzly bear is shown at the Bronx Zoo in New York.   (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)

(Newser) – A hunter in British Columbia was being attacked by a grizzly bear when his hunting partner came to his rescue—only to accidentally shoot him. Despite the really bad day, it seems his injuries aren't life-threatening, the National Post reports. The 56-year-old, whose name is given as Wilf Lloyd by CTV, was hunting Sunday morning when the bear attacked, prompting his hunting partner to shoot; the partner did eventually kill the animal, though not without hitting Lloyd first.

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An ATV and helicopter took Lloyd—a taxidermist, CTV notes—to the hospital. An expert warns that bear spray is a better option than a gun when dealing with an attacking bear. "Even if you're able to score a lethal hit on the animal as it’s coming at you, it can still complete the attack because it’s running on adrenaline,” the expert says. “On the other hand, bear spray, all it requires is a wall of spray between you and the bear. As soon as it hits the wall of spray, its attention is about getting away from that spray." (Read more grizzly bear stories.)

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