It's black bear season at Cowichan Lake so spotting a bruin is not uncommon, especially in the bush. However, on Sept. 24, a young man out camping made a big mistake, according to Lake Cowichan RCMP.
At approximately 5 a.m., two 22 year-old males were camping in a tent near the Nitinat River when one of the males was woken up by what he believed was a black bear trying to gain entry to the tent.
According to Const. Roger Nyberg, "One of the males grabbed a firearm and discharged several rounds out through the tent in the direction he believed the bear to be. As a result of the rounds being fired inside the tent he shot the other 22-year-old male once in the face and once in the arm causing extensive injuries."
The injured man was driven to Youbou where they met up with the BC Ambulance Service who transported him to Cowichan District Hospital and then on to Victoria General Hospital.
Police said the extent of his injuries was unknown Tuesday morning.
The Lake Cowichan RCMP, along with the British Columbia Conservation Service, are continuing to investigate the incident.
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