LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — A Montana bowhunter was hospitalized in Salt Lake City after suffering an electric shock from poking a dead bear lying on live wires, Park County officials said.
The hunter came across a badly decomposed bear carcass Sunday in the Beattie Gulch area north of Gardiner and suffered injuries to his torso, head and hands after poking the carcass with a knife, the Livingston Enterprise reported.
Park County authorities identified the hunter as Edward Garcia, of Emigrant, and said he is in his 30s. Garcia’s brother, Eugenio Garcia, said his brother’s first name is Eduardo.
Garcia walked two miles to find help, the sheriff’s office said. He was flown to a burn center in Salt Lake City, where a hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical condition Tuesday.
“But he’s in good spirits,” Eugenio Garcia said. “We’re praying for him.”
Park County Undersheriff Scott Hamilton said officials are trying to determine what kind of bear Garcia came across.
“Sounds like the carcass was pretty old and there wasn’t much to go by,” Hamilton said.
A report of the investigation said the bear was in some kind of barrel or pipe that was partially buried and contained bare wires, Hamilton said. The 2-foot diameter barrel had some type of lid, but it wasn’t clear when or how it might have been detached.
“We don’t know how the bear got in there,” Hamilton said.
Hat tip: J.R. Absher at The Outdoor Pressroom.