A 63-year-old licensed guide leading a hunting party was attacked by a bear near Cliff, in southwestern New Mexico, on Thursday, according to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The guide was approaching a bear that had been shot by a member of his hunting party when the attack occurred. He then drove himself to Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, where he was treated for bite wounds to both arms and legs and given antibiotics before being released. Game and Fish spokesperson Tristanna Bickford said the hunters shot and killed the bear after the attack occurred. “We are thankful the individual was not hurt worse,” said Game and Fish director Mike Sloane. “We caution all hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to always be careful around bears, especially if you are in the vicinity of an injured animal.” Game and Fish said individuals who encounter a bear should stop and back away slowly, while avoiding direct eye contact and making themselves appear large.


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