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Associated Press, Published June 18 2013

Recent Minnesota, Wisconsin bear attacks both involved dogs

SHELL LAKE, Wis. — A black bear attack Monday in Northwestern Wisconsin and an attack two weeks earlier in Northeastern Minnesota both involve a family dog confronting a bear that then turned on the homeowner.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said a man was attacked in his yard near Shell Lake about 9:30 p.m. Monday. DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland said the man’s dog apparently initiated contact with the bear.

MacFarland said the man’s brother came out of the cabin and shot and injured the bear, which ran away.

The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department said the man was taken to a hospital in Shell Lake. He was then airlifted to a hospital in the Twin Cities, where MacFarland says he’s in stable condition.

DNR wildlife supervisor Mike Zeckmeister said officials have set up traps for the bear in case it returns.

On June 3 a the McGregor, Minn., woman let her dog out not knowing that three bear cubs were under her deck. When the dog gave chase, the sow bear first ran to protect the cubs and then turned and attacked the woman, who was trying to call her dog back to the house.

The woman, 72, was hospitalized with bite and claw wounds to both arms, a leg and her side. The bear was killed when it threatened a state conservation officer about 90 minutes after the attack.