Bitten by a Bear

If you've read The Poacher's Son, you know that a rampaging black bear plays a prominent role in the story. The incident was inspired, in part, by a real-life occurrence that happened in Waldoboro, Maine, a number of years ago. I did make up one significant detail for the novel, however. In reality the bear never took a bite out of the man who shot it.

Such was not the case in Township 5 Range 7 in Maine today. Here's Maine Public Broadcasting's account of the misadventure:

A Shin Pond man is recuperating after being attacked by a bear on Maine's first day of bear hunting with dogs season. Ryan Shepard, 37, was charged by the bear Monday while hunting in Township 5 Range 7 with three friends, officials told the Bangor Daily News….

Shepard was bitten in the arm and leg by the bear, which weighed at least 300 pounds. He was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital, and state game wardens say his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening….

Shepard fired at the bear when it charged past dogs that were holding it at bay. The bear was mortally wounded. 

Lucky guy, unlucky bear.