Skip to comments.Bear Attack in Wexford County (MI)
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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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.
I like it when my dog walks point.
A fed bear is a dead bear.
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.
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.
Convis TWP landfill (Calhoun County) circa 1999.
May be the same one spotted near Dexter.
Thank God the Bear wasnt HARMED.....oh me oh my...
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
IMHO, that's totally unnecessary........Just a bear doing what it does during cub season.
Oh really? And how many bear actually agreed to an interview that admitted to hunting humans for food?
Are you talking about a fed(eral) bear?
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.
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.
You are correct and of course we know they were out for food since almost all eat the victims.
Chuck Norris has a grizzly bear carpet in his room. The bear isn’t dead it is just afriad to move.
Forget the Disneyland image of predatory bears
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.