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Maine man home after polar bear attack in Canada

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August 18, 2013 09:36 PM EST | AP


TURNER, Maine — A Maine attorney attacked by a polar bear last month has returned home from Canada and is scheduled to undergo surgery on his jaw.

The Maine Sunday Telegram (http://bit.ly/16nIj04) reports Matthew Dyer returned home last week after spending three weeks in a Montreal hospital. Dyer's wife tells the newspaper flew home Tuesday night and is schedule for surgery Monday.

Dyer was dragged from his tent in Torngat Mountains National Park at the northern tip of Labrador on July 24. He sustained a broken jaw and neck injuries.

The bear broke through an electrified fence that had been set up around the group's campsite. Dyer's fellow campers drove the bear away by firing flares.

A Parks Canada spokesman says the group had been advised to hire an armed guard but declined.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com