#21 Jul 31, 2013
Interesting. Don't often think of polar bears in Eastern Canada. But far enough north, I guess. Wonder how far that is from the end of the Appalachian Trail at Mt. Katahdin, Maine? The At has been unoffically extended north of Katahdin into NE Canada. Perhaps near where the mauling occurred.
#22 Jul 31, 2013
Hiker recovering in Montreal hospital after polar bear attack
Man in stable condition after mauling in northern Labrador park
Posted: Jul 27, 2013 10:03 AM CT
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2013 10:01 AM CT
A hiker was attacked by a polar bear in Torngat Mountains National Park on Wednesday morning.(Parks Canada)
Polar bear attack injures hiker in Labrador park
A man who was part of a hiking group touring a remote national park in northern Labrador is recovering in a Montreal hospital after a polar bear attacked him.
Matt Dyer, a prominent legal aid lawyer from Maine, was with seven other people as part of a Sierra Club hiking trip to Torngat Mountains National Park when he was attacked by the bear.
torngat mountains, nl
Peter Deering, with Parks Canada, said the bear managed to pass a portable electrical fence and drag Dyer from his tent at around 1:30 a.m. AT.
Dyer was mauled by the bear, but was dropped after the other group members fired flares to scare the bear off.
Jeanne Wells, Dyer's wife, said in a statement that she's grateful for the help he's received.
"My husband is in critical but stable condition, he is a strong man and he is making improvements every day," she said. "My husband has received incredible care in Canada and at the Montreal General Hospital; I believe that's why he is still alive."
No one else in the group was injured.
Parks Canada advises visitors of the park to hire an armed Inuit polar bear guard through the Nunatsiavut base camp set up in the park during their visit, but it is not required. Dyer's group did not hire a bear guard.
Deering said this is an issue Parks Canada is currently looking at.
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