Raton man attacked by bear, airlifted to hospital
July 26, 2018 09:15 AM
RATON, N.M. - A Raton man is in the hospital Thursday after being attacked by a bear.
State Game and Fish officials say the 36-year-old man was attacked by the male bear Wednesday while out exercising with his dogs. Officials say the man pulled out his sidearm during the attack and shot and killed the bear. He was able to then call 911.
The man was airlifted to UNM Hospital due to the severity of his injuries including a bite to the back of his knee.
The bear will be tested for rabies.
Officials say this is a reminder that bears are active during the summer and unpredictable.
The Department of Game and Fish provided the following tips:
Here are some ways to protect yourself If you encounter a bear:
- Stop, and back away slowly while facing the bear. Avoid direct eye contact, as the bear may consider that a threat. Do not run. Make yourself appear large by holding out your jacket. If you have small children, pick them up so they don’t run.
- Give the bear plenty of room to escape, so it doesn’t feel threatened or trapped. If a black bear attacks you, fight back using anything at your disposal, such as rocks, sticks, binoculars or even your bare hands. Aim for the bear’s nose and eyes.
- If the bear has not seen you, stay calm and slowly move away, making noise so the bear knows you are there. Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.
If you live or camp in bear country:
- Keep garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area. Place garbage outside in the morning just before pickup, not the night before. Occasionally clean cans with ammonia or bleach.
- Remove bird feeders. Bears see them as sweet treats, and often they will look for other food sources nearby.
- Never put meat or sweet-smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost pile.
- Don’t leave pet food or food dishes outdoors at night.
- Clean and store outdoor grills after use. Bears can smell sweet barbecue sauce and grease for miles.
- Never intentionally feed bears to attract them for viewing.
- Keep your camp clean, and store food and garbage properly at all times. Use bear-proof containers when available. If not, suspend food, toiletries, coolers and garbage from a tree at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet out from the tree trunk.
- Keep your tent and sleeping bag free of all food smells. Store the clothes you wore while cooking or eating with your food.
- Sleep a good distance from your cooking area or food storage site.
Updated: July 26, 2018 09:15 AM
Created: July 26, 2018 09:05 AM
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