A black bear shot with an arrow during archery season in California mauled the bow hunter who shot it when he approached the wounded animal possibly thinking it was dead.
The unidentified victim was hunting in the Banning Canyon area of Riverside County with two others Friday night around 7 o’clock when the incident took place, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
The hunter sustained severe injuries to his upper torso, face and arms, and was taken to the hospital.
Capt. Patrick Foy of the CDFW told the Times that though attacks are rare, black bears can become aggressive if they’re wounded or feel threatened.
“It’s something that we learn at the very beginning of hunter education: After you shoot an animal and approach it, you need to be very careful,” Foy told the Times. “They teach you to be prepared with a follow-up shot in case the animal runs or is suffering needlessly.”
The black bear, reported as weighing 300 pounds by the Associated Press, died of its injuries and was taken to a lab for study.
Archery bear hunting season in California runs from Aug. 18 through Sept. 9. Hunters are required to obtain a license and a bear tag. According to state rules, a maximum of 1,700 bears can be taken during hunting season in California. So far, 24 bears have been killed by hunters in California this year, according to Department of Fish and Wildlife data.
Generic photo of a black bear courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.