FORKS, Washington – A black bear attacked and seriously injured a hunter on a road just outside Olympic National Park in Washington state late Saturday, authorities said.
A second hunter shot and killed the bear before summoning help, said Larry Evans, a shift supervisor for the Washington State Patrol's office in Bremerton.
The injured hunter, whose name wasn't released, was rushed to Forks Hospital with a compound fracture to the arm, a broken hand and several bite marks, Evans said. The victim lost a significant amount of blood, but was expected to survive, Evans said.
The bear had apparently dragged the man away from the site of the attack before it was shot, Evans said.
Troopers said they receive occasional reports of cougar attacks in the area, but bear attacks are relatively rare.
Forks is a small town near the northwest edge of Olympic National Park, one of the state's most popular attractions for nature lovers.