ORILLIA, Ontario, May 20 (UPI) -- A Canadian man attacked by a black bear and hospitalized in stable condition with gash wounds is too traumatized to discuss the incident, his wife said.
Gerald Marois, 47, of Waubaushene, Ontario, was attacked Tuesday as he was scouting hunting grounds near Orillia, the Toronto Star reported.
"He said, 'I've been mauled by a bear! Come and get me, I need your help!'" said Marois's wife, Louise Beauchamp, adding that her husband phoned her after the attack. "He said, 'I can't talk about it; it's too traumatizing.'"
Beauchamp said there were moments she feared for her husband's survival.
"He was in rough shape," she said. He lost quite a bit of skin.
Beauchamp said the bear ripped up Marois's legs and lashed out at his head and hands, and that doctors said he must have plastic surgery on his legs.
The Natural Resources Ministry closed a number of trails near the town of Coldwater, posting signs to tell residents about a rogue bear.
"If we catch a bear and we're absolutely positive it was the bear in this incident, it will be dispatched," she said. "It's a precautionary measure. Once a bear has attacked a person, you don't want to take any chances," ministry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski said.