Bear attack in Prince George

By CKPG News
May 17, 2016 - 11:42pm Updated: May 18, 2016 - 11:02am

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A Prince George man has an incredible story of survival.

Yesterday afternoon (May 18) around 4:30, Reid Roberts was attacked by a bear in Forests for the World.

The 46-year-old teacher was running with his dog Pacer.

Only a few hundred metres from the parking lot, the pair turned a corner right into the path of a mother bear.

On Facebook, Roberts says “The brain and body go right into fight mode. I’m not sure how I ended up on the ground off the trail but I remember her swatting at me like dogs do…I just started kicking at her while I was on my back. Immediately Pacer came at her barking and biting.”

He is thanking his dog for helping save him, by distracting the black bear.

Roberts called a friend and 911 before walking back down the trail towards the parking lot.

He was suffering a puncture to the hand, which needed 16 stitches, as well as claw marks to the stomach and arm.

Conservation officers shot and killed the mother bear, and tranquilized her two cubs.

They have been transported to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers for rehabilitation.

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