Two Canadians moms are in intensive care after being mauled by a male black bear and then guarded their injured bodies ‘for its next meal’ during an autumnal walk.
Leosette Canoy and Analyn Shurtliff Bartolome were ambushed by the animal on October 3 during a trail hike with two of their family members near Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
The group of four – including Canoy’s niece and Bartolome’s son – spent the day out in nature looking for locations to take autumnal photos and enjoy the fall colors.
But the hike on Wolverine Trail on Bear Mountain suddenly turned to disaster when they spotted a black bear raging towards them just before 7pm.
Police later found the two lacerated women lying in the bush with the bear ‘guarding over them.’
Canoy, who goes by the name Cheng, is currently sedated and undergoing more than six hours of surgery for her horrific injuries after the bear ‘chewed her up’ in the attack.
Bartolome is in a serious but stable condition, but is feared to lose her left arm because of the multiple slashed she endured.
Leosette Canoy, who goes by the name Cheng, was attacked by the male black bear after an autumnal day hiking with her friend and their family members. She is currently sedated and undergoing more than six hours of surgery for her horrific injuries after the bear ‘chewed her up’
Analyn Shurtliff Bartolome was ambushed by the animal on the hiking trail near Dawson Creek, British Columbia. She is currently in ICU
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in an all-terrain vehicle found the two women lying in the bush with life-threatening injuries. They found the large bear at the scene, that appeared to be ‘guarding the victims’
Just as they were ending their fall walk, Bartolome’s teenage son heard footsteps behind the group, and realized that they were being followed by a male black bear.
The animal then started charging at the group – and despite Bartolome’s son punching the bear in an attempt to scare it off, it continued its rampage.
After knocking the boy to the ground, the bear stormed at his mother.
Canoy, who works as a caregiver for disabled people, attempted to distract the bear from ambushing her friend. However, the animal then turned on her.
Bartolome’s son then hit it with a large stick – stunning the bear momentarily – before it continued on its path of attack.
Analyn’s son and Canoy’s niece escaped the attack, fleeing to a nearby trail cabin where they called 911 and waited for first responders.
Both Bartolome and Canoy were airlifted to hospital, where they remain in intensive care. The teenage boy is also being treated for injuries.
Canoy with her husband Gary Hansen (left). He said that the image of his wife laying injured on the ground with the bear watching over her like it was ‘his next meal’ haunts him
Canoy, who works as a caregiver for disabled people, loves the outdoors and hiking, her family said
During the ordeal, Canoy (pictured) attempted to distract the bear from ambushing her friend. But the animal turned on her
A black bear pictured in Yukon Territory, Canada (stock image)
Cops say two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in an all-terrain vehicle found the two women lying in the bush with life-threatening injuries.
They found the large bear at the scene, that appeared to be ‘guarding the victims.’
Staff Sgt. Damon Werrell confirmed that the animal was shot by the responders.
Gary Hansen, Canoy’s devastated husband, said that he’s haunted at the thought the bear was ‘guarding his catch, his next meal.’
Hansen told CBC: ‘She’s my gift from God. It’s horrific to see my wife like that. The bear chewed her up bad.’
He said that he’s unable to hold his beloved wife’s hand as she lays in hospital because her limbs are so badly mauled.
Hansen revealed that his wife moved from the Philippines about 15 years ago and fell in love with the Canadian landscape – and she often enjoys hiking and camping.
Wenneli Canoy, who was with her aunt when she was attacked, wrote on social media after the ordeal: ‘Most of the time I’m spaced out because of what happened, it keeps popping in my head.
‘I felt guilty when I saw my Aunt attacked by the bear and I escaped to call for help.
‘I always cry every time I saw her state in the ICU and felt sorry for her.’
Canoy’s stepson Ross wrote on social media: ‘She is one of my favorite people on this planet.’
Officers confirmed that no additional bears were located during a sweep of the area – but the trail is currently closed to the public.
Both Canoy and Bartolome’s families have set up GoFundMe pages following their traumatic ordeal. You can donate to them here and here.
Police found the two lacerated women lying in the bush with the bear ‘guarding over them.’ Pictured is Analyn Shurtliff Bartolome
Analyn Shurtliff Bartolome (pictured second from the right) was seriously injured during the bear attack. Her teenage son, who was on the trail with her, attempted to stop the bear’s rampage but he was unable to
Wenneli Canoy (pictured) is the niece of Leosette Canoy and watch in horror as the bear attacked her family. She was able to escape and call 911 on October 3
A black bear pictured in Parc Omega, Quebec, Canada (stock image)