Hunter severely mauled by bear in Banning Pass

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A hunter was severely mauled by a bear on Friday after the man had shot the bear with an arrow.

Three men were legally hunting for bear in the Banning Canyon area, north of Banning in the San Gorgonio Pass, according to the Press Enterprise.

Officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told the newspaper that the man waited about 30 minutes after striking it with an arrow before checking on it. He went to look, thinking he had killed the bear, and as attacked.

The man survived, but his condition is not known.

The bear died from its wounds and was removed from the area.

Archery bear hunting season runs from late August until early September in the area, according to ABC 7. Hunters must be licensed and are only allowed to use a bow and arrow. A petition to allow hunters to carry a sidearm for self-defense is under consideration.


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