Black bear

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the current statewide black bear population is conservatively estimated to be between 30,000 and 40,000.

An unidentified Yucaipa man is currently hospitalized for injuries sustained from a black bear attack last Friday, Aug. 24. Authorities were notified of a possible bear incident near Oak Glen in the Banning Canyon in Riverside County. Three individuals ventured out to hunt bear with archery when the attack occurred. According to California Department of Fish and Wildlife, it is currently bear hunting season and legal to hunt bears with a California hunting license and bear tag.

Captain Patrick Foy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife said, “This is a preliminary stage of the investigation.”

He confirmed the bear mauling occurred and said the incident took place after the bear was shot with an arrow. 

“They caught a bear and waited a certain amount of time and ultimately recovered it,” said Foy, adding the bear was in fact not dead but injured when it attacked one of the hunters. “There were three of them (hunters) and two of them came to his aid. He was in bad shape with pretty severe injuries. Not fit to be interviewed.”

The victim is allegedly still at a local hospital recovering from his injuries.  

The bear, according to Foy, is dead. It is unclear who, at this point of the investigation, ultimately killed the bear.

General bear season closes on Dec. 30, or earlier, if the department determines that the maximum bears  (1,700 bears) have been reported taken.

This story will update as additional information becomes available.

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