Man Attacked By Grizzly, Shot By Hiking Partner

The victim is in critical condition.

A 56-year-old man is in critical condition after being attacked by a grizzly bear, then shot by his hiking partner on Sunday in British Columbia.

The Calgary Heraldreports that rangers responded to an emergency call about a bear encounter near Fernie, B.C. early Sunday morning. Upon arrival, they found a dead grizzly and two hikers, one of whom was seriously injured.

According a B.C. Ministry of Environment spokesman, the victim was mauled by the grizzly bear, then shot in the ensuing melee as his partner fired at the animal. The bear died at the scene and will be examined by conservation officers.

Read more: Calgary Herald