Ear, nose and throat surgeon Bradley Johnson (pictured) was seriously injured after being mauled by a bear on Sunday
A 48-year-old Minnesota man was attacked by a bear on Sunday afternoon while walking with his friends near the Wyoming-Montana border.
Bradley David Johnson, of whom KARE11 reports that he is a respected nose and throat surgeon, suffered "serious injuries" to his arm, shoulder and back after crossing paths with what was described as two grizzly bears in the Beartooth Mountains.
Johnson was with three friends at the time of the attack. While two of them ran to get help, one stayed to take care of the surgeon.
According to reports, the two friends told police that Johnson had been mauled by a grizzly bear, although this has not yet been confirmed, The Star Tribune reported.
The Pocahontas County Search and Rescue Service (PCSAR) and Guardian Flight were able to quickly find Johnson, although doctors were forced to walk a mile from his helicopter to reach him.
The team was able to stabilize Johnson's injuries and take him to the helicopter, where he was taken to the hospital in Billings, Montana.
Johnson was backpacking with three friends in the Beartooth Mountains when he was attacked. While two of his friends went out in search of help, one stayed to take care of him, and ended up trapped in the forest alone.
Unfortunately, the man who stayed with Johnson could not fit in the helicopter, and instead waited in the forest for hours for someone to come looking for him, since the sun would soon set and he did not want to walk alone in the dark.
"Due to the limited space in the helicopter, Guardian was forced to leave Johnson's chaperone, Justin Reed, 45, of Medina, Minnesota, behind Granite Lake," PCSAR said in a statement.
"Night was coming and Reed did not want to walk in the dark, fearing that he would be disoriented."
At 7 p.m., a PSCAR ground crew and a Wyoming Game and Fish officer left in search of Reed again and led him out of the forest.
The mission lasted seven hours and the group did not return until 2.15 am on Monday.
A spokesman for San Vicente Hospital told the Tribune Johnson that it was in good condition Tuesday.
Johnson's friends said the surgeon was attacked by grizzly bears, but the bear responsible has not been officially identified