Bear attack sends man to Santa Fe hospital

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – It was a scary night for a runner after a black bear attacked him in Los Alamos. He’s recovering from wounds to his head and chest, and crews remain on the hunt for the black bear.

The Department of Game and Fish sent nearly a dozen hound dogs into the woods Thursday afternoon to try and track the bear down. The trail, Canyon de Valle, remains closed to the public.

Officials said the 56-year-old man attacked is a frequent hiker of the trail. They said the man came across the female bear and her cub while running along the trail Wednesday night. The cub ran up a tree and officials said the man tried to scare off the bear. That’s when the bear charged the man knocking him into a nearby stream. Karl Moffatt with New Mexico Game and Fish said the victim suffered some bad wounds.

“The victim took some bad hits to the head, but he was able to survive the attack and get himself out of the woods,” Moffatt said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, then transferred to Santa Fe where he remains in stable condition. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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