Hunter becomes hunted: Man mauled by the same black bear that he shot using a bow and arrow
The man, whose identity remains unknown, had gone bow hunting with two other men in Banning Canyon, Riverside County, on August 24
A man from California, who had been out in the woods with two of his friends hunting bear, was the one who ended up being hunted by the massive animal after it lashed out and mauled him. The man, whose identity remains unknown, had gone hunting with two other men in Banning Canyon, Riverside County, on August 24. He had shot the bear with an arrow and everything went downhill for him after that. Captain Charles Foy, a spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that the hunter had waited for some time before approaching the bear and collecting what he thought was the animal's carcass. Unfortunately for him, however, he did not wait for a long enough period before doing so.
The 300-pound bear was not dead and it lashed out at the hunter when he got close which resulted in severe injuries. Foy told The Yucaipa News Mirror: "The man was in bad shape with pretty severe injuries. Not fit to be interviewed." The hunter is reportedly still recovering from his injuries at a local hospital.
One of the men who were with the mauled hunter told KABC, a station from Los Angeles, that the downed man is an experienced hunter and his only fault was that he hadn't waited long enough after he struck the bear to go get a closer look. Foy told the station that the mauling could have been a fatal incident. He said: "Approaching an animal that’s injured can be dangerous or can at least put that animal in a position where it’s going to forcibly defend itself thinking it’s under threat."
According to The Riverside Press-Enterprise, the animal has since succumbed to its injuries and has been removed from the area and taken to a nearby lab to be studied. California is currently in the middle of bear hunting season and anyone who had a proper license and a bear tag can hunt the animals. The season tends to close on December 30 but the department can decide if the season should close early depending on the number of bears that have been taken, the maximum number of which is 1,700.
The Fish and Game Department is currently investigating the incident. Foy said: "This is a preliminary stage of the investigation." He also told KABC that bear attacks "are really, really rare. He said: "We’ve had incidents ― even recent incidents ― where a bear did come into physical contact with a young guy who was camping. We’ve had a few cases over the last few years of bears but nothing to this degree."