A B.C. man who survives a bear mauling incident received first aid. The man is recovering in a Vancouver hospital after surviving an attack by a mother grizzly bear near Bella Bella.
Dangers in the wilderness
George Knoll works as an engineer for a Vancouver logging company and was flagging trees along a creek in the Kwatna area when he was charged and bitten by the bear. According to Williams Lake Conservation Officer, Len Butler, the mother bear, called a sow, charged at Knoll who was able to fight back.
According to Butler, the bear mauled him, basically biting around the torso and his one arm severely. Knoll was able to kick the bear off twice and then the sow left and he realized there was a cub with it.
Three other co-workers were working in the remote area and Knoll was able to radio for help and get to a helipad. According to Butler, he performed first aid to himself which is amazing. His co-worker found him and got him to the site and transported him to a healthcare facility.
Knoll was taken to the Bella Bella hospital and was in stable condition before being taken to the Vancouver General Hospital. Knoll’s mother-in-law Patricia Bouchard is thankful that Knoll survived the attack.
It is recommended to take a first aid course to be prepared for emergencies. You never know when emergencies can occur. The prompt delivery of appropriate first aid measures can help save a life.
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