Maine man survives polar bear attack

Published On: Jul 29 2013 08:05:54 AM HST

Pine Tree Legal


A lawyer from Maine survived a polar bear attack while camping in a remote part of Canada last week, according to Parks Canada officials.

Matt Dyer, an attorney for Pine Tree Legal in Lewiston, was camping in Torngat National Park, at the northern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador, when he was attacked by the polar bear.

Dyer was flown first to a hospital in George River, Quebec, and then taken to Montreal General Hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition, according to his wife, who issued a statement.

"He is a strong man and he is making improvements every day. My husband has received incredible care in Canada and at the Montreal General Hospital; I believe that's why he is still alive. Thank you to everyone for their concern."

Officials said Dyer had a satellite phone, which was used to call for help.

Parks Canada officials said polar bear sightings and encounters are common but said attacks are rare.

Pine Tree Legal also issued a statement saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt and his family during his recovery. We would like to thank the community for their concern and kind words. Matt is a tenacious and determined fighter, which are qualities that will serve him well in his recovery. He is an extraordinary advocate for his clients, very compassionate and dedicated. Out of respect for Matt's family, Pine Tree Legal is refraining from additional comments about his recovery at this time."


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