Man Bitten By Bear While Hunting In Virginia

WAMU, Bear Hunting Magazine
12/28/2008

A Virginia man is recovering after being bitten by a black bear while hunting in the Jefferson National Forest in Botetourt County.

Conservation Police Officer Shannon Smith with the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said the 55-year-old from the Fincastle area was attacked. Smith said the man was with a party of bear hunters when the incident occurred. The bear was chased up into a tree and shot by the hunters before leaving the tree and attacking the hunter.

The man suffered a severe laceration to his leg and was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. The bear was fatally shot by one of the other hunters in the party.



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