Black bear hit by an arrow mauls, rucks hunter before dying, reports say

FILE: A bow and arrow hunter was admitted to the hospital after they are torn apart by a balck bear in Southern California.

(CA Dept. of Fish & Game)

A black bear hit by an arrow recently mauled a Southern California hunter, who approached the wounded animal to get a closer look, a report said.

The San Francisco Chronicle this week that the unidentified hunter was severely injured during the mauling Aug. 24 in the San Bernardino Mountains. He was admitted to the hospital.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the hunter suffered injuries to his upper body and face.

The hunter was along with two others at the time, and it was believed that the bear was dead when he was approaching the 300 pound animal. The bear later died, but the hunter was not immediately known.

Bow-and-arrow hunting in the South of California is the legal from now until early September or until 1,700 bears killed. An animal expert told the Times that black bear attacks are extremely rare.

“It is something that we learn at the beginning of hunter education: After the shooting of an animal and approach, you must be very careful,” Patrick Foy, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife captain, told the newspaper. “They teach you to be prepared with a follow-up shot in case the animal runs or is suffering unnecessarily.”

Edmund Initiative is a news editor for Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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