Revenge by Bear the Man Shot It

Aman who shot a bear in Oregon has been striked by that same animal, hours afterward.

Craig Lankford, the hunter, was striked on Wednesday in La Grande around 7 a.m. Lankford had originally shot the bear on Tuesday night after trouble his chickens. He shot the animal a second time on Wednesday morning after met it near his property. The bear then striked him. Lankford suffered arm and head issue and was rushed to hospital, but is expected to recover.

The Union County Sheriff’s office, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon State Police responded to the strike. Officials found the issue bear and euthanized it, according to a statement from ODFW and the Union County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy of the bear confirmed that the bear shot by the authorities was the same one that had participated in the strike.

The animal involved in the strike is most likely a black bear, since there are only a few thousand grizzly bears living in the contiguous United States. Black bears are widespread in the United States, numbering between 339,000 and 465,000 nationwide, with about 25,000 to 30,000 black bears living in the state of Oregon alone.

Bears usually feed on berries, nuts and other vegetation, but are often attracted to human areas by the smell of human food, animal food and garbage.

“As human populations expand and invade declining wild bear habitats, the intersection between human settlements and bear areas is increasing,” Heidi Quine, bear team director and veterinarian at Animals Asia, told Newsweek.

“This increases the chances that bears will come into contact with humans in search of food,” Quine said. “Food and compost piles left out for dogs or cats, including kitchen waste, can attract bears who have such a sensitive sense of smell that it is difficult for us to measure its strength.”

“We are grateful that Mr. Lankford survived this experience and we wish him a quick and smooth recovery,” ODFW’s Jeff Yanke said in the statement.

Bears that get used to entering human areas for food can cause them to get used to our presence and lose their fear. This increases the chances that they will be strike by humans or that they will strike us. “Although human-bear conflicts are naturally peril, they are more often fatal for bears,” Quine said.

The ODFW advises Oregon residents to limit the likelihood of bears approaching their homes in three ways: by keeping pet food indoors; removing fallen fruit from the ground; and securing trash cans.

Those who experience a bear are encouraged to make loud noises and act aggressively to scare the bear away. and don’t run away, but step back slowly, facing the bear.

This article by Jesse Thomson was first published by Newsweek on May 26, 2023. Mission Statement: image of a black bear wandering in the undergrowth. An Oregon man has been striked by a bear after shooting it twice. ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES MORE.

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