PABLO - A Polson man is in the hospital recovering after being mauled by a grizzly bear.
It happened Friday morning in a field behind the Salish and Kootenai College. Lake County Sheriff's said the 42-year-old victim was collecting water samples for a project when he looked up and saw two cubs.
He stood up and the mother charged him to defend the cubs. Sheriff's said the bears were last seen traveling toward the mountains.
"Were right at the foothill of the Mission Mountains," said Lake County Sheriff's Information Officer, Karen Sargeant. "The Mission Mountains are a known grizzly corridor, they're a known bear habitat, and so people need to be very much aware the bears are starting to come out. They need to watch what they're doing, and be conscious of what's around them, so they don't get between a sow and her cubs."
The victim is being treated for arm and head injuries in Kalispell. Salish and Kootenai College officials said they talked to him, and he is doing good. Officials said the bear was acting to protect her cubs and they are no longer searching for her.