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Bear Attacks and Injures Young Canadian Woman Planting Trees

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Bear Attacks and Injures Young Canadian Woman Planting Trees

Posted 2023/07/25  by  Stephanie Mallory

The 21-year-old woman was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition

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A young Canadian woman is in stable condition after suffering serious injuries during a bear attack.

A bear attacked and seriously injured a 21-year-old woman who was planting trees in western Canada.

According to CBS News, the attack occurred Thursday, July 6, near Bearhole Lake Provincial Park in northeastern British Columbia.

"The bear first bluff-charged and the victim retreated to a nearby roadway, where the bear attacked," officials said in a news release from the province's Conservation Officer Service.

After the bear ran off, the woman’s coworker came to her aid and called for help.

The victim was transported via helicopter to a hospital in Prince George and is now in stable condition.

Officials say they believe it was a grizzly bear that attacked the woman.

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment says bear-human conflicts are "relatively rare," unless the animals are startled or protecting their cubs or food.

Calls about predatory grizzly bear attacks have doubled, and in some cases tripled since 2019, according to statistics released by the province. Eleven calls were made about predatory grizzly bear attacks in 2018 and 2019, and in 2020, there were 36 calls about attacks. There were 29 calls about attacks through April 2023 — the latest month that statistics were released.

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