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Bear hunter is mauled by his prey

October 14, 2009 | 10:18 am

A road sign acknowledges the presence of bears.

A hunter out with a group of six men and their dogs was mauled by a black bear they had wounded.

Orval Sanders, of Oroville was hunting in Tahoe National Forest on Monday when his group treed three bears.

Mark Lucero, Department of Fish and Game spokesman, told the Appeal-Democrat that one of the bears came down from the tree after being shot and attacked the 83-year-old Sanders.

"The bear came out of the tree and grabbed the guy," Lucero said. "He tried to protect himself by raising both arms in front of him and the bear slashed and bit both arms."

Another member of the hunting party shot the animal, killing it.

Sanders suffered a crushed left wrist as well as injuries to his left arm and shoulder and was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he underwent surgery on his wrist.

None of his hunting companions accompanied Sanders to the hospital and apparently resumed the hunt, according to Lucero.

Officials plan to test the bear for rabies.

--Kelly Burgess

Photo: A road sign acknowledges the presence of bears. Credit: Eric Gay / Associated Press

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