UPDATED: Hunter Released From Hospital After Bear Attack

A hunter, who was attacked by a bear Monday, has been released from the hospital.

Emergency workers used a Marine Corps rescue helicopter to evacuate Vince Cox out of the Hofmann Forest Monday.

Norman Bryson, assistant emergency management director, tells WITN News the attack happened around 1:30 p.m. He says two men were hunting and one of them shot the bear. The bear then attacked Cox. The other hunter made it out of the woods where he called for help on his cell phone.

Cox had severe lacerations to one of his legs. Pedro, a rescue helicopter from Cherry Point was brought in to take the victim to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    I SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO ARM BEARS!
  • by Joseph Location: Snow Hill on Dec 30, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    I killed a 396 lb black bear on 12-18-08. And if the lord will bless me Ill kill another one next year. But going in to it i know that they are dangerous and if I get hurt it was my fault. Keep on hunting boys. I love it tooooooooo!
  • by ruth h.bogues Location: n.y. city n.y. on Dec 15, 2008 at 09:03 AM
    yes there should be a law agant people using cell phone while driving because they do not pay attention while driving.
  • by bay em up Location: nc on Dec 15, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    If everyone hunted with the s&w 500 we wouldnt have this problem lol. Bear season starts today here in the east good luck to you all.
  • by PETA MEMBER Location: NC on Dec 15, 2008 at 05:31 AM
    To PETA: All my buddies DO eat what they kill. I don't know a single hunter who kills and then leaves the carcass to rot. Even if they did, that carcass would feed plant life, insects and other animals. But 99.99% of the time those that don't want the meat give it away. Life feeds on life. Even vegans have to take life to live, it's just that the plants aren't as "cute" as some of the animals are. Human eyes face forward, the same as all other predators. All that being said, I do appreciate your view point that people who do not live the same way as you, are entitled to live their lives without interference. I agree with what Talon said, I've never seen a hunter try to force someone who hates hunting to hunt, but the same can't be said for the anti-hunters. I disagree with some things you said PETA, but I will say that you are no hippocrite. Thanks for that.
  • by PETA Location: NC on Dec 15, 2008 at 03:08 AM
    Dear PETA MEMBER I have to admit you are just a little "sick". But, the best part of your comment is that you eat your kill. I think most of us realize that most kill is not eaten, it's just a sport or something to hang on the wall. And, I am sure alot of people arn't crazy about eaten meat, sometimes it makes me sick to stop and think about what I'm eating. I only eat what I need to survive. The greatest part is that "I'm not the one that did the killing". Sounds like you hunt to survive, and I think that is wonderful. Happy Hunting! I don't think it's just hunter verses anti-hunters, we realize that some of you guys/gals do it right. Maybe you should encourage your buddies to do the same. Thanks!
  • by PETA MEMBER Location: NC on Dec 14, 2008 at 03:39 PM
    I'm a member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals. mmm mmmm good! AND the cuter the animal the better the meat is. Rabbits are so lovable, but they are flavorful and nutritious. Fawn meat is much more tender and juicy than a grown deer. And country fried squirrel just can't be beat. All of these tasty meats are low in fat, cholesterol, and contain no hormones, steriods, or other harmful additives. And don't forget the birds. Quail and doves are especially tasty. Plus if you wing one, you can just crush their skull with your thumb. Easy to clean clean too. Just rip their breasts out with the same thumb you used to kill them with. Hope all you anti-hunters choke on your steroid fattened, farm raised turkey this year.
  • by Wenona Redkneck Location: Plymouth on Dec 14, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    Just because I call myself a redkneck people may view that as an uneducated country bumkin that they are the itellectul superior . The term redkneck is actually a term of endearment that reminds me of my country upbringing. Yes the fact that I may not be as schooled in some areas as they are does not bother me because I am confident in my strengths and realistic about my weeknesses. People can relate to you in humility. But I reckon thats the preacher side of me coming out. Usually when I'm hunting only my dog thinks she's smarter than me.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 14, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    Note to all hunters. Keep on hunting and keep in practice. It will make you a better sniper when the next American civil war becomes reality.
  • by To Wayne Location: NC on Dec 14, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    Dude, the guns, bows, and other equipment DO level the playing field. If humans had the strength, teeth and claws of a bear, or the speed, hearing and sight of a deer we wouldn't need guns or the other stuff to hunt. Maybe you can run down a whitetail and kill him with your hands and teeth, but I'm going to stick with my guns and bows.
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