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Two Boys Injured in Second Bear Attack

August 7, 1993 GMT

ANGELUS OAKS, Calif. (AP) _ A 12-year-old Boy Scout was mauled by a bear and two other Scouts were clawed and stepped on in the second such attack this week in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Trackers with dogs later killed two black bears believed involved in the attacks Friday morning at Boy Scouts Camp Tahquitz, about two miles from another camp where a 13-year-old boy was attacked by a bear Tuesday.

Friday’s attack came as the Boy Scouts slept in a log lean-to.

Bobby Clark of Fullerton suffered a severe scalp wound and facial cuts, said Patrick Moore, a state Fish and Game spokesman in Long Beach.

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Clark was in good condition after three hours of surgery at Redlands Community Hospital, said spokeswoman Marsha Williams.

″(The bear) sat on his chest and chewed on him a little bit,″ said Bob Clark Sr., Bobby’s father. ″He did a number on him, but he’ll be fine.″

Brian Song, 12, of San Gabriel received eight to 10 stitches for cuts around his right eye and was released, Williams said.

″He opened his eyes and there was a big bear,″ said Chris Song, the boy’s father. The elder Song said the bear left when Brian played dead.

A third Scout was reported to have suffered welts where a bear stepped on his back, said Pete Weisser, a Fish and Game official.

Nearly 300 Scouts, adults and staff members were attending a week-long retreat at the 640-acre Camp Tahquitz in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Three hours after the attack, trackers shot and killed two male bears about a half-mile from the camp, Weisser said. One bear weighed about 175 pounds, the other 200 pounds, and both were about 3 years old, he said.

″We are 99 percent sure these were the bears,″ Moore said.

The bears were to be tested for rabies, but a preliminary necropsy showed they had not been otherwise sick or injured.

Tracker Kevin-Barry Brennan, a Fish and Game biologist, said the bears had recently been weaned from their mother and may not have learned to hunt in the wild.

The boy injured Tuesday, Joshua Isaacs of Ojai, required more than 100 stitches for head scalp wounds. He was released from the hospital Thursday.