Wildlife team searching for cubs after hunter kills mother grizzly UPDATED: 2007-08-18 01:23:17 MST
By SUN MEDIA
GRANDE PRAIRIE -- Grande Prairie wildlife officials are on the lookout for three orphaned grizzly bear cubs after a knife-toting bow hunter killed a female grizzly that attacked him Wednesday night.
The hunter, a man in his 30s, encountered the mother grizzly and her cubs just before 9:30 p.m., while he was scouting locations in a backwoods are for upcoming bowhunting season.
The man is recovering from serious injuries in hospital.
He defended himself using a hunting knife and was able to get away despite suffering serious arm and elbow injuries, officials said.
The mother grizzly suffered three stab wounds inflicted by the hunter's knife and succumbed to her injuries, said Alberta Fish and Wildlife spokesman Darcy Whiteside. Her body was found 27 metres from where the attacked occurred.
"She died pretty quick," he said.
Fish and Wildlife believe the three bear cubs are still in the area. If they are caught, they will be taken to a more remote area.
"Traps have been set up Thursday but they haven't been caught as of this morning," said Whiteside.