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Black bear attacks woman in northern Minnesota
myfoxtwincities.com ^ | 5 June, 2013 | Mike Durkin, Bill Keller

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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TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: attack; banglist; bear; guncontrol; mn; secondamendment
Sounds like a very aggressive bear that charged the officer. Nothing like a euphemistic "ran toward the officer".

It certainly was not afraid of humans, or it would have been miles away from the house.

1 posted on 06/19/2013 11:37:06 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Bears will aggressively guard their toilet paper.


2 posted on 06/19/2013 11:39:03 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be what you might have been.)
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To: marktwain

“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.
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Didn’t I see this exact quote in another bear attack article earlier today?


3 posted on 06/19/2013 11:41:48 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: marktwain

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).


4 posted on 06/19/2013 11:43:20 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Sender

Maybe she gave them the wrong type??!!


5 posted on 06/19/2013 11:43:56 AM PDT by Paul46360
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To: Bulwyf

Some electric fence tape and a superzap 3000 charger would do the trick a lot better.


6 posted on 06/19/2013 11:45:06 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

If that works for you, that’s fantastic, I must stick with what I know though heh, for such are the laws of life.


7 posted on 06/19/2013 11:48:13 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: marktwain
Mama Bear + Threatened Cubs = Big Trouble.
This is normal behavior for bears.

8 posted on 06/19/2013 11:48:31 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: marktwain

Lucky for the officer it wasn’t a dog or he’d be crucified.


9 posted on 06/19/2013 11:49:15 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: marktwain

Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.


10 posted on 06/19/2013 11:53:24 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: laplata

I’ve told my kids that there’s no more dangerous bear to see than a baby bear.


11 posted on 06/19/2013 11:54:09 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

I’ve told my kids that there’s 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.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 11:58:42 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: marktwain

13 posted on 06/19/2013 11:58:46 AM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

So true.


14 posted on 06/19/2013 12:00:02 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Bulwyf
Golden retrievers are wired to chase after whatever runs, drops or is thrown. Darn smart dogs for most tasks and pleasant company, but not so bright with this type of thing.

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.

15 posted on 06/19/2013 12:02:27 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Paul46360

Yeah, you give a bear Super Soft instead of Super Strong, and those claws go through the paper, she’s coming after you.


16 posted on 06/19/2013 12:04:39 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be what you might have been.)
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To: stormer; All

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.


17 posted on 06/19/2013 12:07:46 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/A204-Dog-Tennis-Ball-Thrower-Chucker-Launcher-Fetch-Toy-Separate-Tennis-Balls-/150928323492?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23240773a4


18 posted on 06/19/2013 12:14:50 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: marktwain
"A woman was attacked by a 190 lb. black bear in northern Minnesota on Monday night after her dog chased after its yearling cubs."

190 pounds? That seems like an awful small black bear for a full grown mama bear. They are usually at least around 300 pounds up to 700 + pounds. On a side note, here in Pennsylvania, we have been having a growth of our bear population in the past 10 + years. Bear season used to only be one day, it is now three days and hunters are harvesting a lot of bears. No, I have not gotten one yet. Maybe this year will be my year.
19 posted on 06/19/2013 12:15:38 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Fantasywriter
Great idea! I'll pass it on to him. I see that for $1.59 added they will ship straight from the factory in Hong Kong.

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.

20 posted on 06/19/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
FWIW, we had a bear in our neighborhood last spring. Not exactly rural either as we are about 35 miles from Pittsburgh.

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.

21 posted on 06/19/2013 12:24:02 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.]


22 posted on 06/19/2013 12:24:16 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Vigilanteman

haha, I love goldens too, just not a fan of wee dogs.


23 posted on 06/19/2013 12:31:20 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Vigilanteman
"I've heard the meat is pretty decent. Ever taste it?"

It's gamey and a little tough. It's decent enough, but not as good as venison IMHO.
24 posted on 06/19/2013 12:35:07 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Resolute Conservative

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.


25 posted on 06/19/2013 12:40:23 PM PDT by KingLudd
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To: marktwain

She was a female with cubs.

Besides, the woman was dressed provactively.


26 posted on 06/19/2013 12:41:52 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
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To: Sender

Toilet paper? I always heard they used rabbits fot that purpose


27 posted on 06/19/2013 12:45:48 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Fantasywriter

“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


28 posted on 06/19/2013 12:53:41 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
I have not gotten one yet

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.

29 posted on 06/19/2013 12:56:18 PM PDT by wbill
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To: MrB

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.


30 posted on 06/19/2013 1:12:42 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: riverrunner

I’ve heard that peanut butter is the key...

Tends to make them get shocked on a tender part.


31 posted on 06/19/2013 1:14:50 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Vigilanteman

Its very illegal to sell or trade bear parts only the hide can be sold.


32 posted on 06/19/2013 1:14:54 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: marktwain

They come into Duluth all the time, expecially in the fall. And Duluth has been there for 150 years.


33 posted on 06/19/2013 1:21:34 PM PDT by DManA
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To: MrB

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.


34 posted on 06/19/2013 1:26:59 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Again... peanut butter. The most curious will let out such an alarm that the others with her/him won’t come back for weeks.


35 posted on 06/19/2013 1:29:18 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: wbill
"Never again. I know plenty of other people who will hunt them, but not me."

It's just one of those things you have to put on the bucket list. Gotta bag me a bear. Just gotta....
36 posted on 06/19/2013 2:00:45 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Figment

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.}


37 posted on 06/19/2013 2:20:43 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: BitWielder1
This is normal behavior for bears.

Exactly. The bird seed BS is typical standard talking point. The bears will tear apart fruit trees and gardens to get food. Usually the problem is someone feeding them, because they are so cute. Feeding bears is the biggest problem. People need to be educated.

Feeding bears = aggressive bears = death sentence
38 posted on 06/19/2013 2:34:10 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Vigilanteman; All
I've heard the meat is pretty decent. Ever taste it?

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.

39 posted on 06/19/2013 2:35:40 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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