Idaho elk hunter injured in bear attack

Sep 24 2011 - 4:28pm

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Eastern Idaho authorities say an elk hunter has been hospitalized in serious condition after being attacked by a bear Saturday morning.

Fremont County authorities say Richard Paini of Island Park suffered puncture wounds to his right forearm and left hand in the attack at about 9 a.m. and was taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

A hospital spokesman says Paini was listed in serious condition Saturday afternoon but declined to release the extent of his injuries.

KIFI-TV reports that a second hunter, John Stiehl of Island Park, used bear spray to chase away what he believes to be a grizzly bear.

Authorities say the hunters surprised the bear that then circled through some trees and attacked.


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