A tree planter was airlifted to a hospital after being attacked by a bear in western Canada, authorities mentioned Thursday.
The assault occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday close to Tumbler Ridge, a small city in northeastern British Columbia, in accordance with a statement from the province’s Conservation Officer Service. The unidentified sufferer was transported by way of helicopter to a hospital in Prince George and authorities mentioned their situation was unknown.
4 conservation officers are assessing the assault web site and can “decide subsequent steps as a part of the continued investigation,” the service mentioned.
Officers didn’t say what sort of bear attacked the tree planter however each black bears and grizzlies may be discovered within the area.
In response to statistics launched by the British Columbia Ministry of Surroundings, Lands and Parks, there are an estimated 120,000-160,000 black bears within the province — about one bear for each seven sq. kilometers. The province’s grizzly bear inhabitants, estimated at 10,000 -13,000, is assessed as weak.
Bear-human conflicts are thought-about “comparatively uncommon,” the ministry mentioned, until the animals are startled or defending their cubs or meals.
Nevertheless, final October, a “uncommon predatory assault” by a black bear left three individuals injured, two severely, the CBC reported. That assault additionally occurred in northeastern British Columbia, exterior town of Dawson Creek.
Since 2019, calls about predatory grizzly bear assaults have doubled, and in some circumstances tripled according to statistics launched by the province. Within the years 2018-2019, there have been 11 calls made about predatory grizzly bear assaults, and the next yr there have been 36 calls about assaults, in accordance with the statistics. By April 2023 — the most recent month statistics have been launched — there have been 29 calls about assaults.
Conservation officers advocate a number of ways to stay safe round bears. One of the vital ideas they advocate is to not feed the animals and to observe the bear till it leaves to “guarantee it has a secure escape route.”