Fernie grizzly bear attack sends man to Calgary hospital

A man has been transported by air ambulance to hospital in Calgary after a bear attack in British Columbia.

Victim was mauled by bear and shot by fellow hunter trying to stop the animal, officials say

A grizzly bear roams near the Koeye River on B.C. 's Central Coast in this file photo. (Chris Darimont/University of Victoria)

A man has been transported by air ambulance to hospital in Calgary after he was attacked by a grizzly bear near Fernie, B.C.

Officials with Alberta-based STARS air ambulance say they responded at around 9:23 a.m. MT Sunday to transport the man from an area about eight kilometres south of Fernie. 

Paramedics say the crash happened around 5:15 p.m. on Highway 22X at Range Road 285 (CBC)

The 56-year-old had been mauled by the bear. A STARS ambulance attendant said he was also shot by another hunter who tried to stop the animal from attacking the victim.

B.C.'s Environment Ministry says the hunting partner managed to kill the bear and was not injured in the incident.

The victim was brought out of the woods by ATV and then transported by STARS to Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

Emergency responders said he was in critical condition. However, the Environment Ministry reported his condition as stable and his injuries as non-life threatening.

Provincial conservation officers from Fernie and Cranbrook are examining the scene.

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With files from the Canadian Press

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