Matthew Dyer, polar bear: Maine lawyer is recovering after being attacked by polar bear in Canada

He was camping at a national park

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- A Maine man dragged from his tent and attacked by a polar bear in Canada has a broken jaw and neck injuries but is improving in a Montreal hospital.

Matthew Dyer was attacked by a bear that crossed an electric fence designed to protect members of his group in Torngat Mountains National Park at the northern tip of Labrador.

Others drove it away by firing flares.

Wife Jeanne Wells tells the Sun Journal that Dyer has retained his sense of humor even though he remains immobilized by his injuries and cannot speak.

Dyer is from the community of Turner and is a lawyer with Pine Tree Legal Services. He was attacked Wednesday. A Parks Canada spokesman says the group was advised to hire an armed polar bear guard but decided against it.
 

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