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Bear Attack in Wexford County (MI)
9 and 10 news ^ | 8-16-2014

Posted on 08/16/2013 2:50:15 PM PDT by Darren McCarty

The 12 year old girl from Haring Township is in stable condition after undergoing surgery after a black bear attack. She suffered deep cuts in her thigh.

Just after 9 PM, Abby Wetherell, was heading home from a cabin down a two-track, north of Cadillac, when she saw a black bear. She began to run, hoping to make it to a nearby house.

The bear attacked and clawed her. Abby got to her feet and started running when the bear attacked her again.

The girl shouted for help. A neighbor heard her and ran to her aid, calling out Abby's name. The bear was startled and ran off.

DNR is actively searching for the bear by setting traps were the attack happened. After finding the bear, DNR will kill and test it for disease.

DNR wants area residents to stay away from where the attack occurred. They are working hard to catch the bear.

If you see the bear, please contact DNR Cadillac Operations Service Center at 231-775-9727 or the DNR Report All Poaching (RAP) Hotline at 800-292-7800.

Michigan has about 8,000 to 10,000 bears, 90% of the population in the Upper Peninsula. There is an established bear population in Wexford County where the attack occurred.

Black bears are generally fearful of humans and usually leave the area if people are near. Most black bear attacks happen because the mother bear is protecting her cubs.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: bear; bearattack; bearattacks; blackbearattack; blackbearattacks; cadillac; wexfordcounty
There's more than 1000 bears in lower Michigan despite what the DNR says. There was one sighted near Dexter of all places a couple of years ago. People usually don't see them.

Most bears aren't harmful except to campers' food storage areas. Some do attack however, and people need to be aware of nature, especially Up North.

1 posted on 08/16/2013 2:50:16 PM PDT by Darren McCarty
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To: Darren McCarty

I like it when my dog walks point.


2 posted on 08/16/2013 2:53:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
The one in Dexter was spotted with cubs so I think we may have considerably more bears than they tell us.

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3 posted on 08/16/2013 2:54:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Darren McCarty

A fed bear is a dead bear.


4 posted on 08/16/2013 2:55:38 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: cripplecreek
The one in Dexter was spotted with cubs

Those single giant male bears don't scare me in the least. Mama bear with cubs is another story. I don't like those odds there of avoiding a hospital trip, even with my gun.

5 posted on 08/16/2013 2:59:10 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Darren McCarty

I was at my girlfriend’s uncle’s house in Roscommon county a few years ago when a bear came up on his Deck in the morning, tore his hummingbird feeder down and carried it off.


6 posted on 08/16/2013 2:59:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Darren McCarty

Convis TWP landfill (Calhoun County) circa 1999.
May be the same one spotted near Dexter.


7 posted on 08/16/2013 3:01:21 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Thank God the Bear wasnt HARMED.....oh me oh my...


8 posted on 08/16/2013 3:12:22 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: Darren McCarty

The common belief that surprising a mother bear with cubs is the most dangerous kind of black bear encounter is inaccurate. Instead, lone male black bears hunting people as a potential source of food are a greater cause of deadly maulings and related predatory attempts…

“Most fatal black bear attacks were predatory and all fatal attacks were carried out by a single bear,” Dr. Stephen Herrero


9 posted on 08/16/2013 3:20:51 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Darren McCarty
After finding the bear, DNR will kill and test it for disease.

IMHO, that's totally unnecessary........Just a bear doing what it does during cub season.

10 posted on 08/16/2013 3:40:21 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: cripplecreek
tore his hummingbird feeder down and carried it off.

Hmmmmmmmmmm........

11 posted on 08/16/2013 3:41:36 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: george76
lone male black bears hunting people as a potential source of food

Oh really? And how many bear actually agreed to an interview that admitted to hunting humans for food?

12 posted on 08/16/2013 3:44:03 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Romulus

Are you talking about a fed(eral) bear?


13 posted on 08/16/2013 3:49:20 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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To: cripplecreek
This in the paper yesterday ... bear breaks into house to sleep on their lanai. When they woke up this is what they saw: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2394869/Whos-sleeping-pool-house-Family-record-bear-fed-rain-outside-taking-nap-inside-home.html
14 posted on 08/16/2013 3:51:17 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Darren McCarty

I saw a park ranger kick a mother black bear in the rump. It ran off screaming, the cubs looked a little embarrassed, pretending they didn’t know her, then nonchalantly followed.

I was hiking with a group of teenagers, several of the girls who had gone ahead came back to the group in a hurry. There was a big male following them. The girls were acting like prey animals, squeaking and running. As soon as the bear saw me, he stopped. I took one step toward him, and he ran off.


15 posted on 08/16/2013 4:09:45 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Darren McCarty

This is one county over from me. I have seen 2 bears, together, not mom and her cubs, just two walking across the road 1/2 a country block from my cabin. Great! We’ve been to Alaska, camped in the UP, and know how to keep the bears away.

My problem is the cougar that was seen last week, once by me and once by family. The DNR refuses to believe that we have cougars. I spoke to our friendly DNR guy...he said that most people really are seeing cats. The DNR needs us to call them so they can get a foot print before they will admit that cougars are here.

So, the Shield will just piss off the bear...the Winchester might get a workout.


16 posted on 08/16/2013 4:22:26 PM PDT by blu
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To: george76

You are correct and of course we know they were out for food since almost all eat the victims.


17 posted on 08/16/2013 4:25:47 PM PDT by free me (Do it.....Sign & Endorse today!!! www.dontfundobamacare.com)
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To: Darren McCarty

Chuck Norris has a grizzly bear carpet in his room. The bear isn’t dead it is just afriad to move.


18 posted on 08/16/2013 4:26:33 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: Hot Tabasco; jazusamo; Flycatcher; GladesGuru

Forget the Disneyland image of predatory bears


19 posted on 08/16/2013 5:00:51 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Darren McCarty
My family rents a cabin complex near Chetek, WI for a family reunion every year. It's a cabin and bunk house on a large spread that also includes property rented to farmers.

This year I set up a firing range in a large hay field about half a mile from the front porch of the main cabin. I tested my accuracy at my longest distance ever (100 yards) with a scoped rifle and a .45 single action revolver with a long barrel (6.75").

Later in the early evening we were sharing libations on the porch. As we looked across the field we noticed a large black bear exploring the area throughout the middle of my range. I found that interesting. A couple in our company said they saw bear there last year.

For future reference, I hope the bear wasn't a lass with cubs. I want to make my range there in future years. My rifle in a .22. I won't shoot magnums in it, and I doubt a long rifle round would do enough damage to a black bear to even make her more angry. I think my revolver could damage a bear first rate if up close and personal and I was shooting one of my hollow point rounds. The thing of it is is I use target reload rounds for target shooting, and they might just make a mama bear madder.

P.S. My accuracy with the scoped rifle was better than not bad for an old buzzard slowly going blind...and deaf. I was 24 for 24 around the bulls eye with a pattern about 4 inches in diameter.

P.P.S. The revolver wasn't as exciting. I was 1 for 12 anywhere near the bulls eye at 100 years. That's gruesome with a black bear. That means I would need to let the bear get close enough to me so I couldn't miss. That seems chancy...especially with an adrenaline rush.

20 posted on 08/16/2013 5:01:36 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Born to Conserve; Darren McCarty

In morning daylight, a female with cubs will usually tree, if you run at them. At night, large, feeding males usually won’t budge. They’ll challenge—especially those called black bears while being brown (long, straight hair), up to eight or more feet long, four feet or so high at the back on all fours (from CO on through the Northwest). And by the nature, when increasing in population, they gradually become more familiar with people with or without garbage residents.

Bear worshippers are an interesting breed. When employed to write for government offices, they also tend to underrate the power, speed and population sizes of mountain lions.


21 posted on 08/16/2013 5:01:43 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: george76
Forget the Disneyland image of predatory bears

I never had one......

22 posted on 08/16/2013 5:04:50 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: free me

<< we know they were out for food since almost all eat the victims. >>

Correct : Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend at the time, Amy Huguenard found that out .


23 posted on 08/16/2013 5:07:01 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: stevem
I think my revolver could damage a bear first rate if up close and personal and I was shooting one of my hollow point rounds.

So what do you want to do, shoot target practice or hunt and kill a bear?

24 posted on 08/16/2013 5:20:52 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: george76; Hot Tabasco; Flycatcher; GladesGuru
Dr. Stephen Herrero lays it out in this interview.

Beware of predatory male black bears

25 posted on 08/16/2013 5:20:59 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: stevem

You don’t want to shoot bears with hollow point.

The purpose of hollow points is to expand so as to hit the target with full force, that is, a target that has vital organs fairly close to the surface.

Like people.

A bear’s hide is so tough, has a thick layer of hair and a thick layer of fat.

So the bullet will expand and exhaust its energy before reaching the vitals.

Cor-Bon, for an example as there are others, sells a .45 Colt load that is metal jacket, with a softer lead nose that will not start expansion until it penetrates much deeper.

It has more kick than a cowboy load, but if a bear is after you, you will not even feel the kick.

You probably will be so excited you won’t even hear that .45 go off.


26 posted on 08/16/2013 5:43:00 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: stevem

I forgot to mention; don’t shoot souped up loads in your .45 unless it is a Ruger Blackhawk.


27 posted on 08/16/2013 5:52:47 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: stevem

For bear defense, minimum 44 caliber bullets, at least 280 gr., wide meplat, at more than 1000 fps. .45’s good, with a revolver that’s documented in reloading manuals to be capable of handling such loads (check year of revolver model, too—not only model).

Shooting Holes in Wounding Theories:
The Mechanics of Terminal Ballistics
http://www.rathcoombe.net/sci-tech/ballistics/wounding.html

Rifles are different, and many will do the job. But proven terminal ballistics still apply. 12 ga. shotguns with slugs are probably best for most people—especially with slugs designed like some of the Brenneke slugs for large game. And of course, anyone defending against a bear attack must be capable of the required calmness and accuracy.

Reports from louder firearms (louder than .22 LR) fired in the direction of bears tend to scare bears into running away most of the time but not always.


28 posted on 08/16/2013 5:52:55 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: blu
The DNR refuses to believe

Exactly the reason I didn't bother reporting the Grey Wolf who ran by me while I was deer hunting in Missaukee County.

29 posted on 08/16/2013 6:09:19 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
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To: old curmudgeon; stevem
"I forgot to mention; don’t shoot souped up loads in your .45 unless it is a Ruger Blackhawk."

True. Some of the old Vaqueros would do it but not the newer ones. Don't remember the date of design change, but it was a long time ago. There are also Redhawks (double action) for good defense loads, if they haven't weakened the design for those since I last looked (a few years ago).

And with single action, always do every safety step. Keep that thumb low and away from the hammer, until the revolver is completely clear of the holster and pointing forward. In my opinion, thousands of rounds of safe, slow practice should be put through a single action if considering it for defense. With enough practice and always with an effort toward being slow and accurate, speed will come naturally, eventually.

Why .45 instead of .44 magnum? Less recoil and as much power for defense with the right loads. But the reloader should read very thoroughly (especially safety stuff) and know what he's doing (no more than 1100 fps for heavy, hard-cast, wide, flat-nosed bullets in the lower 48, in my opinion, maybe closer to 1180 fps for parts of Alaska).

Some resources:
Gun Notes: The .45 Colt - Dissolving the Myth, Discovering the Legend
by John Linebaugh
http://www.customsixguns.com/writings/dissolving_the_myth.htm

Lead Bullets Technology
(best bullet molds)
http://www.lbtmoulds.com/index.shtml

Hell, I Was There
by Elmer Keith
(book)


30 posted on 08/16/2013 6:22:32 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: ASA Vet
I shot at a small blk bear today, running at 250-300 yards; missed of course, but woke me up and give everybody a grin. Subsistence caribou here in interior Alaska right now. Have passed on a couple year and a half bulls, waiting for the 3 year old.

Twice I have had blk bear come crawling in on me, front quarters down, butt up in air; like cat on a rabbit in cut hay field. Bear's ears going back and forth like crazy and bear coming in real slow. Actually quite common if yu live around bears that haven't seen people.

Blk bear 230 lber killed a man up George's Lake a couple months back. Bit his head off and started eating the poor soul. They finally shot the bear and found man's body parts in stomach.

We pretty much shoot at every bear we see, just dangerous pests. We can also now legally shoot grizz that come into our blk bear bait stations; and they do come in; great living in a red state.

31 posted on 08/16/2013 6:26:28 PM PDT by Eska
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To: familyop
Garrett Cartridges of Texas will take care of Bears to Elephants.

44 Mag & 45-70 only!

http://www.garrettcartridges.com/

32 posted on 08/16/2013 6:29:11 PM PDT by Dacus943
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To: old curmudgeon

My kids have shot close to 20 blk bear with a 6.8 stag they all started with; none ever went over 30 yards and let out their bawl. I load 110 .277 ttsx with 29 grains H-322; no problems out of a stand.


33 posted on 08/16/2013 6:29:50 PM PDT by Eska
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To: Darren McCarty

My brother spotted another one near Luther last month.

I’ll be going there to check some property and do some hunting with him. I guess I’ll wear my 44 Mag while hunting.


34 posted on 08/16/2013 7:31:01 PM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: cripplecreek
That's by my old stomping grounds. Bears were rare, but not anymore.

Sugar water. Bears love that as much as honey. My uncle's deer feed north of there became bear feed. There were more bears on the critter cam than deer. At least 5.

35 posted on 08/16/2013 8:45:57 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: george76

I’ve had bear encounters, not up close. They ignored me and moved away when they were finished doing what they do best - eat. I watched them with my gun ready, but didn’t need to fire. I left the area in a different direction than the bears and no people or bears were harmed.


36 posted on 08/16/2013 8:49:20 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: ASA Vet

Wolves are that far south? I know they are all over the UP, but never noticed any south of the bridge.


37 posted on 08/16/2013 8:54:20 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: cripplecreek
This is "Twinkletoes", a bear in our neighborhood known to empty bird feeders and never tear them off their string. Can empty beer cans and not damage the fridge. Empty dog food containers and touch nothing else in a garage. A polite, friendly bear. Annoying, but mannered.


38 posted on 08/16/2013 9:07:12 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Darren McCarty

Came face to face with one in the smokies last year. It just stood on the trail looking at me. It didn’t leave until more people came up the trail talking loud.


39 posted on 08/17/2013 4:40:49 AM PDT by pas
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To: Darren McCarty
DNR says they are not in the LP. That's why I didn't bother to report it. They'd have just told me it was a weather balloon.

I suspect wolves are extremely rare on this side of the Big Mack. Coyotes aren't.

40 posted on 08/17/2013 1:15:44 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
So what do you want to do, shoot target practice or hunt and kill a bear?

I've canoed in bear country many times. This is the first (or second time, first unknowingly) time I have been somewhere that bear cabined in people country. It works for me if a bear goes his or her way and I go mine.

41 posted on 08/17/2013 5:19:15 PM PDT by stevem
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To: old curmudgeon
You don’t want to shoot bears with hollow point.

This is interesting. Thanks for the info. Since I'm not Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly I don't think I could reload fast enough in an emergency to get the job done, let's pray Ursa Major lets me finish playing in the future before he or she comes to explore our territory.

42 posted on 08/17/2013 5:23:34 PM PDT by stevem
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To: old curmudgeon
I forgot to mention; don’t shoot souped up loads in your .45 unless it is a Ruger Blackhawk.

Mine is a Blackhawk. I reload my own rounds for it. I once used three extra grains of powder for one of mine for an experiment. I shot a 265 grain target projectile through a 2 X 4 and about an inch into the next one before the round was spent.

I always wanted a single action .45. It's the finest toy I ever owned. I call it my Peacemaker.

43 posted on 08/17/2013 5:28:53 PM PDT by stevem
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To: familyop
And of course, anyone defending against a bear attack must be capable of the required calmness and accuracy.

I used to be better than not bad at trap shooting. I was never worth a darn at skeet. In my early thirties I lost depth perception that I first noticed hurt my ability to play any permutation of baseball. Shooting my Dad's twelve gauge with any meaning was beyond the pale. Trying to use it during an adrenaline rush would be fatal...for me.

Reports from louder firearms (louder than .22 LR) fired in the direction of bears tend to scare bears into running away most of the time but not always.

Loud noises do scare off the black bear. I think a .22 long rifle is loud enough. I'd rather never test that where I can actually see the bear on the same general turf where I am.

44 posted on 08/17/2013 5:47:23 PM PDT by stevem
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To: stevem

I carry this in a 5-3/4 Blackhawk when in the woods.

If you don’t stop a bear with 6 shots, reloading is not going to happen.

I believe in the theory that a big enough caliber, heavy enough bullet put in the right place is the way to end a problem.

I carry the hollow points when in town.

Depending on how I am dressed, usually in either the Blackhawk or a Redhawk but sometimes dress and destination require a Ruger P101 .357, also loaded with Cor-Bon hollow points. Only 5 shots but small enough to conceal from the most prying eyes.

For instance, I would not carry a portable cannon to the doctor’s office.

I don’t reload. I have too many time consuming hobbies to add that to the list.

If you study their info, you can duplicate their loads.


45 posted on 08/17/2013 5:57:41 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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