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Whistler bear attack questioned

Conservation officers conclude attack unrelated to bear



After a Whistler man and his doctors pieced together what they suspected was a bear attack from a series of injuries sustained in the woods in the Bayshore neighbourhood two weeks ago, Sea to Sky conservation officers have concluded the incident was not related to a bear.

"The Conservation Officer Service interviewed the victim, we examined medical records and looked at physical evidence and based on this, the conservation officers did not find any evidence of a bear attack and that the victim could not remember anything about a bear attack," said Conservation Officer Brittany Mueller. "We're still working on a few more things but it's pretty much finished from what we've concluded. There wasn't any evidence supporting that."

Jeffrey Almond is unable to remember what occurred when he cut through a dense patch of woods near his Bayshore in the wee hours of Wednesday, June 29. Upon waking in his bed with considerable cranial scratches and a head injury Almond sought medical attention. Doctors discovered he had sustained a slight skull fracture, brain bleed, and scratches behind his ear and to his face. Another wound on his hand severed his muscles and matched the marks on his cheek, leading to the assumption that the injury came from Almond trying to block his face during a bear attack.

Almond could not be reached for comment.