Bear attack survivor: I gambled and nearly lost

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who survived a polar bear attack in Canada says that going into the park unarmed was a risk he was willing to take. And he acknowledges it’s a gamble he nearly lost.

Matthew Dyer, who was dragged from his tent by a bear a month ago, said he doesn’t know why an electric fence failed to deter the bear. Dyer was saved when a member of his party fired a flare, startling the bear and causing it to drop him.

Dyer, who suffered neck injuries, can’t speak because of surgery earlier this week. The Turner resident said in an email to The Associated Press that the bear “busted me up pretty good” but that he hopes to be back to normal in a month or so.

The attack happened in Torngat Mountains National Park. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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