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UPDATE: Grizzly bear will not be captured after 58-year-old man attacked near Lillooet

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August 17, 2020 - 4:12 PM

A 58-year-old man was taken to hospital after being attacked by a grizzly bear near Lillooet yesterday afternoon.

According to a post by the Conservation Officer Service, the man was riding a bike on the Castle Pass Trail in the Spruce Lake Wilderness Area when he was attacked at about 4 p.m.

The grizzly bear was with her two cubs at the time.

The man’s wife was with him during the attack. She used bear spray on the animal and wasn’t injured during the incident. When they called RCMP, police dispatched Pemberton Search and Rescue and an air ambulance for the man.

Credit: FACEBOOK / Conservation Officer Service

The post states the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his abdomen and leg and was taken to Royal Inland Hospital for treatment.

The Conservation Officer Service’s Predator Attack Team was on-site where the attack happened to investigate, and have found the attack was a surprise defensive attack. No efforts will be made to capture the bear.

Their investigators found the man's helmet had been broken as a result of the attack.

The investigators found the bike and helmet belonging to the victim and noticed puncture wounds in the helmet.
The investigators found the bike and helmet belonging to the victim and noticed puncture wounds in the helmet.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Conservation Officer Service

The attack is the second one in the past week to occur in the Lillooet area. On Aug. 9, a man was attacked by a black bear with her cub. That incident was determined to be a surprise defensive attack and there was no effort made to capture the bear.

Credit: FACEBOOK / Conservation Officer Service

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