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Boise Hunter Survives Attack by Black Bear

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BOISE -- A Boise man is recovering after he was attacked by a black bear Friday morning during a hunting trip.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 29-year-old Stephen Vouch had been hunting bighorn sheep with two other people along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Vouch said the attack came after he and the other hunters had made camp for the night. He reported he awoke at about 2 a.m. to the feeling of something tugging on his hair and realized he was being bitten on the head by a bear.

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Vouch yelled, alerting the other people in the camp. One of the other hunters shot the black bear at close range with a .45 handgun, wounding it. The animal let go of Vouch and climbed up a tree, where Vouch shot and killed it, according to Fish and Game.

After applying first aid to Vouch, the group rafted downriver and were flown out of the wilderness Sunday. Vouch was treated and released at St. Luke's Clinic for lacerations to the top and side of his head.

Fish and Game officers took possession of the bear's hide and skull. The animal, a young male black bear, appeared to have been in good health, the officers say.