Skip to comments.Black bear attacks woman in northern Minnesota
Posted on 06/19/2013 11:37:06 AM PDT by marktwain
MCGREGOR, Minn. (KMSP) -
A woman was attacked by a 190 lb. black bear in northern Minnesota on Monday night after her dog chased after its yearling cubs.
According to the Minnesota DNR, the 72-year-old McGregor, Minn., woman was bitten and clawed, but sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The incident began when the woman let her golden retriever outside after checking to make sure the bears, which had been seen on the property for several days, weren't around. After letting the dog out, three young bears unexpectedly ran out from under the deck and the dog to chase dafter them.
By the time the woman reached the bottom of her deck stairs, the mother bear appeared.
"Obviously, she was shocked and surprised when she got down to the bottom of the deck and the sow bear was there," said Maj. Phil Meier, with the DNR.
The sow initially went after the dog, but turned her attention to the woman after she yelled for her dog to return.
"This bear did act aggressively," Meier said. "It not only knocked the woman down one time, it retreated a little bit and came back and bit her again."
The bear clawed at the woman's left arm and side during the first lunge. When it attacked a second time, it bit her on the right arm and leg. The woman was able to get to the phone and call 911 around 7 p.m.
Although she was hospitalized with numerous puncture wounds to her arms and legs, the woman is now recovering at home and said she is thankful to be alive.
BEAR SHOT BY OFFICER
An Aitkin County deputy couldn't find the bears near the property, but a DNR officer later found them about 200 yards away from the home.
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It certainly was not afraid of humans, or it would have been miles away from the house.
Bears will aggressively guard their toilet paper.
“It’s not altogether uncommon for dogs to set us up by harassing a bear and then leaving the scene and the bears then come after the human, which is way easier to catch,” she said.
Didn’t I see this exact quote in another bear attack article earlier today?
This is why a person should only let coonhounds outside if bears are known to be around. At least then they’ll just tree the thing, and you don’t worry about being attacked. They’ll also protect you from the stuff as well.
semi-joking aside, this lady sure is lucky. If she knew about bears on the property, she should of been taking proper precautions (ie winchester defender).
Maybe she gave them the wrong type??!!
Some electric fence tape and a superzap 3000 charger would do the trick a lot better.
If that works for you, that’s fantastic, I must stick with what I know though heh, for such are the laws of life.
Lucky for the officer it wasn’t a dog or he’d be crucified.
Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.
I’ve told my kids that there’s no more dangerous bear to see than a baby bear.
Ive told my kids that theres no more dangerous bear to see than a baby bear.
Exactly. Once I saw a cub and immediately jumped in the pick up. The mother ran by about a second after I closed the door.
My brother has three of them. He's seriously thinking about getting a pitching machine because he and his little boy, 4, sometimes can't keep up with them.
Yeah, you give a bear Super Soft instead of Super Strong, and those claws go through the paper, she’s coming after you.
In Northern Wisconsin the bears are invading human territory. There were very few bears in the area only forty-five years ago, when I was growing up. Bears are invading human territory, and their population is rapidly expanding.
Now, you could say that there were no humans in the area 15,000 years ago, and you would be pretty much right. Of course, there were no bears either, as the area was covered by glaciers.
Speaking of throwing balls for dogs, my half-lab nearly ruined my arm. I literally bought an elbow guard/brace, to try to reduce the strain.
Then my sister gave me a ‘ball chucker’. Made all the difference in the world. I have a huge yard, yet despite my best efforts I’ve chucked the ball over the six-ft fence several times. When it lands it the yard [1.33 acres), it gives my dog a total workout. Chuckers aren’t that expensive, & I don’t know what I’d do w’out one.
Hong Kong has some of the lowest postage rates in the world. When I lived in Japan, there were a lot of direct mail advertisers who printed and shipped from Hong Kong.
I've heard the meat is pretty decent. Ever taste it? And, BTW, if you are lucky enough to harvest one, save the gall bladder. They are highly prized in Oriental medicine. Just google up a Korean trading company to make you an offer. Keep it in the freezer in one of those huge thick zip-lock bags until they send someone to pick it up.
If he gets one, I guarantee he’ll love it. Effortless for the human, & gives the dogs a great workout. [I’ve bought jewelry from Hong Kong, & I wondered how they managed to ship it so cheaply. Thanks for answering that question while you were at it.]
haha, I love goldens too, just not a fan of wee dogs.
Cop couldn’t find the dog so he shot the sow instead, then stomped the cubs to death he will be reprimanded however for failing to taze and handcuff the old lady.
She was a female with cubs.
Besides, the woman was dressed provactively.
Toilet paper? I always heard they used rabbits fot that purpose
“Speaking of throwing balls for dogs, my half-lab nearly ruined my arm. I literally bought an elbow guard/brace, to try to reduce the strain”
You need a half lab like mine. He’ll chase the ball all day long (he can’t resist the urge) but he stops bringing it back after two throws. He chases it down and leaves it there, if you want to throw it again, go get it yourself
Dad and I shot one once.....just once. :-) Never again.
It was tearing up the blueberry barrens on the family farm (nothing worse than a bear for that, they just destroy them) so we took care of the problem. Jeez, the thing stunk to high heaven (Dad had some idea of a bearskin rug...hahaha yeah right), weighed a dammed ton, and was the hardest drag out that I've ever done. Bears are solid....S-O-L-I-D....so not only do you need to deal with all the weight, there's not a dammed thing to grab on to.
Never again. I know plenty of other people who will hunt them, but not me.
Just my unsolicited $0.02. Good luck.
I had a big black bear walk into my mile strong fencer used around a 300 feet of garden. He just kept walking and stretched the wire out into the woods.
I’ve heard that peanut butter is the key...
Tends to make them get shocked on a tender part.
Its very illegal to sell or trade bear parts only the hide can be sold.
They come into Duluth all the time, expecially in the fall. And Duluth has been there for 150 years.
My buddy has a place in N. Minnesota. He has a vegetable garden. The deer love it. He put up an electric fence around it and maybe used a quarter mile of wire. He hooked up to a 15 mile fencer.
They blow right through it.
Again... peanut butter. The most curious will let out such an alarm that the others with her/him won’t come back for weeks.
Lol. I really can’t see how that wd be any fun. What use is his Lab half, if he won’t retrieve? My dog’s other half is mostly pit bull—not known as the world’s foremost fetchers. Her Lab half takes over when she sees a ball, though, & she will retrieve it even if it gets stuck in shrubbery. [She’s built like a Sherman tank on four legs; she will ram the shrubs till the ball falls down.}
My brother is an avid bear hunter, and they are plentiful in northern Wisconsin. He and his family have harvested several, so I have been able to partake of bear meat on a number of occasions.
I am sure, that as with any meat, much depends on how it is prepared, cared for, and cooked.
One meal of perhaps a dozen was a bit "gamey" but most were similar to decent roast beef.
Most of them (as I recall) were cooked in a pressure cooker as a stew, or as a roast.
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