[Ed. Note] This article is also further proof that hunters
claims about "clean kills" are usually false.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A black bear bit and clawed a
hunter who had just shot it four times in what game authorities said
appeared to be a first for the state.
Samuel H. Beauchamp, 47, said he was approaching the downed 320-
pound bear in Rothrock State Forest in central Pennsylvania on Monday,
the first day of bear-hunting season, when it came after him.
Beauchamp, of nearby Newville, had just shot the bear with a .444-
caliber rifle and was within 15 feet of it. He turned to run, but the
bear put a claw around his hip and bit him twice, once in each thigh,
"The bear wasn't attacking 100 percent. I mean really, it was dead
on its feet when it came up. If it would have been 100 percent I
wouldn't have been standing there," Beauchamp said Friday.
Other hunters heard a growl and came to Beauchamp's aid.
"It was shock at first. It's like he came alive, like 'boom.' I
guess he growled, like the other people heard. That motivated me to
turn around and start running away," he said.
Game commission bear biologist Mark Ternent said the attack was the
first case known to state officials in which a bear had attacked a
hunter who had just shot it and was attempting to recover it.
Beauchamp was released from the hospital after about two hours of
treatment. One bite went down to the bone.
"I didn't feel any pain after it happened," he said Friday. "I'm a
little sore now."