Bear attacks man near Mount Emily Recreation Area in La Grande

A man searching for the bear in the Mount Emily Recreation Area near La Grande suffered injuries to his arms and head during the attack Wednesday morning.

LA GRANDE, Ore. — A man is recovering after he was injured by a bear while going out to search for it in the Mount Emily Recreation Area near La Grande Wednesday morning. 

The man, Craig Lankford of La Grande, had shot a bear on Tuesday evening after he caught it harassing his chickens, according to a news release from the Union County Sheriff’s Office. He went to search for the bear Wednesday morning.

Lankford encountered the bear near his property

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