08/31/2015 06:10 EDT | Updated 08/31/2016 05:59 EDT

Cochrane, Alta. Wilderness Area To Remain Closed After Grizzly Bear Attack

COCHRANE, Alta. — Part of a popular wilderness area west of Calgary is to remain closed through the long weekend following an attack on two men by a mother grizzly bear.

The men — one on a quad and another on a motorcycle — came across two bear cubs on Saturday night in the Ghost Public Land Use Zone.

The mother grizzly severely injured one of the men before she was driven off with a full can of bear spray.

Government spokesman Brendan Cox says it appears the mother was trying to protect her cubs.

He says wildlife officers will determine if the bear will be left alone, scared away, moved to another area or put down if there is major public safety concern.

The severely injured man is recovering in hospital.

"He has gone through surgery and officers are supposed to be able to talk with him soon," Cox said Monday.

"Officers are going to continue gathering information and assess the situation before determining next steps."

The other man was treated by emergency responders for minor injuries.

The wilderness area is popular with ATV riders and hunters. The area that has been closed is about 60 kilometres west of Cochrane. 

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