Hiker survives months stranded in woods after bear attack

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Hiker survives months stranded in woods after bear attack


A hiker spent three months stranded in the Canadian wilderness after surviving a bear attack.

Experienced hiker Marco Lavoie, 44, was located by police near Waskaganish, Quebec after setting off on what was supposed to be a two-month excursion on 6 July 2013.

The bear attack is believed to have happened in mid-August halfway through his trip.

CTV News reports that the animal ate his food and damaged his survival equipment.

Lavoie was with his dog, which went between him and the black bear to protect him during the attack.

Sadly it is believed the dog died and media reports suggest he may have been forced to eat his beloved pet to survive.

ABC News reports that after being exposed to snow and freezing temperatures, Lavoie suffered hypothermia, dehydration and starvation.

A search operation was launched when his family became increasingly alarmed in recent weeks when he did not return.

Provincial police spokesman Ronald McInnis said: "We believe he might have died in a few more hours - 24 to 48 hours more.

"He's in critical condition. He wasn't even able to drink water when we offered him some. He will be on an IV for several weeks.

"He will gradually learn to drink, and then eat, again."

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