Grizzly bear attack survivors thank B.C. rescuers with fundraiser
A grizzly bear fishes for salmon along the Atnarko River in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park near Bella Coola, B.C., in this Sept 11, 2010 file photo. A pair of British Columbia hunters recovering from a grizzly bear attack are taking steps to make sure their rescuers know just how thankful they are. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - A pair of British Columbia hunters recovering from a grizzly bear attack are taking extra steps to make sure their rescuers know just how thankful they are.
Chris Eyre and Robbie Austin have set up an online fundraiser to thank the conservation officers, paramedics and search-and-rescue crew responsible for saving their lives.
The two were hunting for sheep last Sunday in the Buckinghorse River area north of Fort St. John when they stumbled across a mother bear and her two cubs.
They say the grizzly first attacked Eyre before going after Austin.
Eyre used his GPS and called for help, but the pair had to spend the night in the woods before being rescued.
The two men are recuperating in hospital in Vancouver.