Deer hunter mauled by wounded bear

TRAIL, Ore. (AP) - Two southern Oregon deer hunters who shot a bear got a violent surprise when the wounded bear roused itself and attacked one of them.

Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson says the injured animal grabbed 22-year-old Alex Machavo of Medford in a "bear hug" Thursday and the two rolled down a 50-foot embankment with the bear biting Machavo all the way.

Carlson says a second hunter identified as 24-year-old Nathan Shinn of Phoenix was eventually able to shoot the bear in the head, killing it.

Shinn left to call 911. A sheriff's officer found Machavo walking down a spur road and arranged to transport him to a Medford hospital. The man's condition was not immediately available Thursday night but Carlson says his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Shinn was unhurt.

The spokeswoman says the hunters had a tag that allowed them to shoot the bear legally.

She says deputies plan to return to the area Friday and check the bear "to make sure it's truly dead."