Man released from hospital following possible bear attack north of Edmonton
Watch above: A man has been released from hospital, after reportedly being attacked by a bear Friday night near Calling Lake.
EDMONTON – A man is in hospital in Edmonton following an apparent bear attack north of the city.
STARS Air Ambulance was dispatched to the Calling Lake area around 11:45 Friday night.
A spokesperson for STARS says a man was taken to the University of Alberta Hospital with injuries consistent with a bear attack.
The man’s father, Jack Cardinal, says his son was quadding just north of Calling Lake when he was approached by a bear.
“He got stuck between a log, with the quad, and he kind of pushed the quad out of the way, I guess, and the bear attacked him and ripped up his face a little bit.”
“You couldn’t really recognize his face on the one side, it was full of blood.”
Cardinal says his son, who is in his early 20s, was able to get away from the bear. He walked about five kilometres before being picked up and taken home by a vehicle driving on a nearby highway.
Cardinal says his son suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released from hospital Saturday afternoon.
Calling Lake is located about 200 kilometres north of Edmonton.
Less than two weeks ago, a Suncor employee was killed by a black bear while on the job at the company’s oilsands site just north of Fort McMurray.
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