Deer hunter mauled by bear near Superior
A man was hospitalized Saturday after tangling with a bear near the southern edge of Superior. At 8 p.m., Superior Police were called to a property on East Old No. 105 Road after receiving a report of a mauling. The identity of the injured party ...
A man was hospitalized Saturday after tangling with a bear near the southern edge of Superior.
At 8 p.m., Superior Police were called to a property on East Old No. 105 Road after receiving a report of a mauling. The identity of the injured party had not been released Sunday evening.
The man was with a female hunting partner who had set up over some bait, in pursuit of deer.
A bear apparently wandered onto the scene, and the man attempted to chase it off, Sgt. Adam Poskozim said. The bear turned on the man and began to maul him. The man wounded the bear with a knife, and his hunting partner shot the animal with an arrow.
But the wounded animal was still alive when police arrived on the scene.
The man was treated by emergency medical technicians on the scene for wounds to his right thigh and wrist, according to a report from the Superior Fire Department. He was stabilized and then transported by Gold Cross ambulance to Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.
The man sustained puncture wounds that Poskozim said appeared consistent with bite injuries.
Responding officers were concerned that the wounded animal posed a danger to other people and spent nearly an hour searching down the bear, which was then shot dead.
Poskozim estimated the bear, which was a sow, weighed between 150 and 200 pounds. The animal will be tested for rabies.
The case has been referred the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for further investigation, Poskozim said.