WHISTLER, British Columbia -- A black bear emerged from a forest and attacked a Canadian man soaking in his backyard hot tub with a fierce blow to the head, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported Monday.
It was the second incident involving a bear attacking a human in the west coast province of British Columbia within the last two weeks. The first involved a convicted murderer whose dead body was pulled from a car and partly eaten by a bear on a remote road near Kamloops, about 186 miles (300 km) northeast of the ski resort of Whistler.
In the latest incident, the CBC said the 55-year-old man was relaxing in his backyard hot tub Sunday, with his back to the forest, when he was struck on the head so forcibly the blow knocked him over in the tub.
When he turned around to investigate, he found himself face to face with a healthy male black bear, said police Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.
The man yelled at the bear, then ran into his home and called police.
They located the animal about 330 feet (100m) into the forest and shot and killed it.
The man was treated for cuts on the back of the head.
Last week, the CBC reported hunters came across the remains of the first victim, identified as 53-year-old Rory Nelson Wagner, a convicted murderer who was out on parole and had been reported missing May 23.
Authorities believe a bear dragged Wagner's body out of his car, ate part of it and stashed the rest in the woods. It was not known how Wagner died.
The National Post reported Monday that conservation officers had euthanized a black bear trapped Friday that they believed to be the one who ate Wagner's remains.