The Conservation Officer Service is investigating after a 58-year-old man was attacked by a grizzly bear in the Lillooet area on Sunday.
The man was mountain biking along the Castle Pass Trail in the isolated Spruce Lake Wilderness Area, north of Gold Bridge, when he was attacked by a sow with two cubs shortly after 4 p.m.
The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his abdomen and leg.
His wife, who was with him, used bear spray on the sow. The man’s wife was not injured.
Pemberton Search and Rescue and an air ambulance flew to the area and the victim was airlifted to a hospital in Kamloops.
The COS Predator Attack Team is flying into the site this morning to continue their investigation.
The trail, which is within the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park area, will be shut down and signage posted.
This is the second bear attack in a week in the Lillooet-area, although they are not connected.
A man suffered injuries to his arm after he was attacked in his tent on McLean Mountain by a black bear sow with a cub on August 9.
In that case, the COS PAT determined it was a surprise defensive attack and no efforts to capture the bears were made.