09/19/2012 09:50 EDT | Updated 11/19/2012 05:12 EST

Swan Hills Grizzly Bear Attack Leaves Hunter With Life-Threatening Injuries

A grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Wednesday July 6, 2011. A grizzly bear killed a man who was hiking with his wife in Yellowstone National Park's backcountry after the couple apparently surprised the female bear and its cubs on Wednesday, park officials said. It was the park's first fatal grizzly mauling since 1986, but the third in the Yellowstone region in just over a year. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)
SWAN HILLS, Alta. - A Swan Hills grizzly bear attack has left a hunter facing potentially life-threatening injuries.

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service, or STARS, says the 48-year-old man was attacked Tuesday while hunting in the Swan Hills region north of Edmonton.

Cam Heke, a spokesman for STARS, says the big predator attacked the man from behind.

Heke says the hunter was able to scare off the bear by firing a shot from his gun.

He then managed to walk about six kilometres to an area where he could call for help on his cellphone.

The man was located and taken to hospital in Grande Prairie, where a trauma team was waiting for him.

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