A man and his two dogs sustained minor injuries in a suspected grizzly bear attack in Malakwa, northeast of Sicamous, although the COS says it won’t go after the bear.
The incident happened yesterday afternoon when a man walking his dogs on his rural property when one dog ran into the bush.
A lone bear came charging out of the bush and bit the man while his other dog engaged the animal.
The man suffered bites to his legs and was treated and released from the hospital. The dogs had only minor scratches.
The Conservation Officer Service Predator Attack Team interviewed the victim and investigated the attack site, which included using a drone to visually sweep the area. COS have concluded this was a surprise defensive attack, and the bear will be left alone.
The COS is reminding the public to take precautions when in the wilderness to avoid any encounters with wildlife.
Pet owners should also be aware that off-leash animals can potentially provoke an attack, COS says.