70-year-old hunter shoots and kills bear that attacked him in France


The bear attacked the hunter and left him in a “worrying state.”

Photo: PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP / Getty Images

A hunter shot and killed a bear that attacked him while looking for a wild boar in southern France last Sunday afternoon, according to local officials.

The 70-year-old man suffered a “serious leg injury” after the brown bear, who was with her cubs, pounced on him in the mountains of Ariège prefecture, in the south-west of the country.

The hunter reportedly shot the bear twice, killing it instantly.

The bear attacked him and bit several times, causing damage to the arteries in his legs.; Another man arrived and was able to stop the bleeding before the hunter was transferred to a Toulouse hospital “in a worrying state”, according to statements by the authorities.

The brown bear was with her young. (Photo: Johannes Simon / Getty Images)

An Ariège city official, Christine Tequi, said such attacks were “what we feared” since France decided to reintroduce bears to the Pyrenees after their numbers plummeted in the 1990s.

The move has sparked protests from local farmers, who say the bears attack their livestock; they assure that this coexistence is very complicated.


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