State wildlife officials said a Colorado man survived a bear attack in the backyard of his home after he fired at the animal and frightened it after throwing it to the ground.
The attack happened Saturday night in the small town of New Castle, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Manager Kirk Oldham said in a news release.
On hearing the noise, the man went to his backyard and encountered the bear, which threw him to the ground, officials said. He then raised his hand to protect his face and grabbed the gun with his free hand and fired three shots, he said.
It is unknown whether the bear was killed by bullets.
The man told Parks & Wildlife that he had seen the bear in his yard the previous two nights.
The heavy rains made it difficult for park and wildlife officials to find and follow bloodstains and bear tracks, the news release said.
Their search was on till Monday.
The man, whose name was not released, was treated at the hospital with minor injuries to his arm and hand and a chest injury, the release said.
Oldham said this is the second bear attack in a western Colorado town in the past three months as the bears prepare for hibernation.
in August,and slashed his hand and back and stabbed him. As The Denver Post reports, the woman recovered, and the mother of a bear and cub were stabbed to death.
“It’s an unfortunate reminder that we need to be vigilant and ‘aware’ at all times,” said area wildlife manager Kirk Oldham. “When bears are ready for hibernation we see a lot of bear activity during the night. Easy access to food sources, such as garbage and fruit from fallen trees, will attract bears. Simple things like picking fruit It is important to remove any attractions around your home to prevent steps and such incidents.”
New Castle is located about 169 miles west of Denver, west of Glenwood Springs along I-70.