He was blindsided by a bear — and opportunely lived to tell his tale.
An unclear hiker was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Monday after a bear “came out of nowhere” and pounded him in a foothills of a San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, officials said.
The 53-year-old male was on a route about dual miles north of Sierra Madre’s Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park around 10:45 a.m. when a hair-raising quarrel unfolded, officials said.
“The hiker ran into a bear, and a bear went adult on a rear legs,” Officer Joe Lazcano with a Sierra Madre Police told a Daily News.
The dismayed hiker corroborated divided not realizing there was another bear off to his left side, prepared to pounce.
“It came out of nowhere,” Officer Lazcano pronounced of a second bear. “It pounded a subject. It was substantially some-more than 200 pounds.”
The male was knocked down and harmed though managed to quarrel off a furious animal and after travel out of a forest on his own, officials said.
He called for assistance and was taken to Methodist Hospital in Arcadia for diagnosis of cuts, scratches and probable puncture wounds, authorities said.
“My father and we upheld this hiker on a approach down from George’s cabin today. We were tender during what good figure he was in (he was running). Wishing him a rapid recovery,” internal proprietor Alyssa Kilpatrick pronounced in a Facebook criticism Monday.
Fish and Wildlife officials pronounced they will try to find and constraint a bear and destroy it for open reserve reasons.
Police pronounced there was no evident hazard to a village since a conflict was so high up, “well into a towering area.”
California generally sees 3 or 4 teenager bear attacks a year, a Associated Press reported.
“They typically are non-aggressive,” pronounced Chief Larry Giannone, executive of open reserve for a Sierra Madre military and glow departments. “We’ve had officers that have walked right by them.”
Some endangered adults used amicable media to titillate officials to leave a bears alone.
“Please, we are vagrant you, greatfully don’t fire a bears!” Sierra Madre proprietor Carol Doupe Canterbury wrote on Facebook.