Grizzly Attack Survivor To Have 2nd Surgery

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FILE – In this July 6, 2011 file photo, a grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park. Opponents of grizzly bear hunts planned in Wyoming and Idaho are asking a judge to further delay hunting while he considers a request to restore federal protections for the animals. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)

UPDATED 11:50 a.m.
    
A hunter who survived a grizzly bear attack in Montana is having a second surgery for his injuries.
    
Bob Legasa said Monday that doctors plan to insert a plate and a screw in his arm to secure a broken bone.
    
He says he expects to be discharged Tuesday, three days after he was mauled by a grizzly sow protecting her cub. He had a previous surgery Saturday for a deep clean of his wounds to prevent infection.
    
The 57-year-old Hayden, Idaho, man says he and a friend were bow hunting for elk just north of Yellowstone National Park when the grizzly charged from about 12 yards (11 meters) away.
    
He says the bear managed to bite and break his arm and claw his eye before hunting partner Greg Gibson drove it off with a blast of bear spray.
    



9:45 a.m.
    
A roughly 500-pound (230-kilogram) grizzly bear attacked a Hayden, Idaho, man, and the man lived to tell about it.
    
The Coeur d’Alene Press reports the bear attacked Bob Legasa Saturday morning while Legasa and his hunting partner, Greg Gibson, were bow hunting elk south of Livingston, Montana.
    
The pair spotted the grizzly and her 2-year-old cub about 12 yards (11 meters) away. The youngling reared up and growled, then made way for the mama bear to charge.
    
Gibson doused the grizzly with bear spray, and she finally retreated.
    
But not before the bear clawed Legasa’s face, gashed and fractured his arm and punctured his wrist with her teeth. Legasa was able to get to a hospital in Livingston and then Bozeman to have surgery to clean the wound. He received a tetanus shot and started rabies treatment.
 

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