Churchill Polar Bear Attack Victim Speaks Out

Polar Bears - ArcticThe family of a man attacked by a polar bear in Churchill last Friday has released a statement.

Through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Bill Ayotte’s family said on Monday he would like to thank all those in Churchill who came to his assistance following the attack. He is pleased that the 30-year-old woman also involved in the attack has been released from hospital and should make full a recovery from the ordeal.

Ayotte, 69, was attacked when helping two pedestrians who were confronted by the bear in the early morning hours.

Ayotte — currently recovering at the Health Sciences Centre — plans to return to Churchill to recuperate when he is well enough.

— Staff