Woman And Dog Attacked By Bear in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
A woman and her dog are recovering after they were attacked by a bear.
It happened in Sault Ste Marie Canada on Monday.
A woman said she was walking her dog on Old Garden River Road when they inadvertently came between a mother bear and her three cubs.
Once that happened the bear very quickly and aggressively charged at the woman.
Her dog engaged the bear, giving the woman time to escape.
The dog received life threatening injuries.
The bear stayed in the area for 20 minutes before leaving and police were called.
Authorities are working to resolve the matter and in the meantime they remind people to use caution when dealing with bears.
In an emergency situation where a bear poses an immediate threat to public safety, people are encouraged to call 911 immediately.
A DNR information flier on Michigan black bear details some helpful tips for avoiding conflicts with bears around homes and camps:
- Never intentionally feed bears.
- Remove potential food sources, like bird feeders, from your yard. Do not feed wild birds in the spring, summer and fall, when bears are most active.
- Keep pet food inside or in a secured area.
- Keep garbage and odor at a minimum by removing trash often and cleaning the can or other container used for garbage.
- Keep garbage in a secured area or in a secured container with a metal, lockable lid until it is picked up or taken away.
- Keep grills and picnic tables clean.
- Bee hives (apiaries), fruit trees and gardens can be protected from bears by electric fencing.
There are additional tips for hikers and campers:
- Keep a clean camp, limiting food odors and garbage.
- Food and toiletries should never be kept in tents. Store these items in air-tight containers in a vehicle trunk or suspend food in burlap or plastic bags or backpacks from trees. Hang these bags or backpacks 12 feet off the ground, 10 feet away from the tree trunk and 5 feet from the nearest branch.
- Always cook at a distance from your campsite and wash dishes and utensils shortly after eating.
- Don’t sleep in clothes that have cooking odors or blood on them.
- Store garbage as you would food. Burning or burying garbage attracts bears.
- Travel in groups and make noise when hiking to avoid surprising a bear.
- Carry bear spray
More information can be found here.