Dog-provoked bear attack near Shell Lake in NW Wisconsin - Fox 2 News Headlines

Dog-provoked bear attack in NW Wisconsin

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A man is recovering at a Twin Cities hospital after he was attacked by a black bear Monday night near Shell Lake in northwestern Wisconsin.

According to the Wisconsin DNR, the bear attack was provoked by the man's dog.

The victim's brother, who was inside the family's cabin, stepped out and shot the bear. The bear was injured, but ran away.

The victim was taken to the hospital in Shell Lake before he was airlifted to the Twin Cities, where he is in stable condition.

This is the second dog-related bear mauling reported this month in the Northland. On June 3, a McGregor, Minn. woman was attacked by a black bear when her golden retriever chased after three yearlings. The mother bear initially went after the dog before turning its attention to the woman.

"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," Peggy Callahan, with the Wildlife Science Center, told FOX 9 News.

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