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Black bear attack in Sioux Lookout

A black bear cub hides in a tree. Photo taken by Chris Marchand.

Story by Lindsey Enns 

Over the Long Weekend during the early morning hours of Saturday May 22, two Winnipeg men were camping on Dunbar Lake north of Sioux Lookout when one of them was dragged out of an outhouse and attacked by a black bear.

After being dragged out of the structure by his arm and shoulder the 65-year-old man received multiple bites to the back of his head and neck before his 63-year-old friend heard the commotion and then shot and killed the bear with his rifle. The attack only lasted about one minute.

A media release issued yesterday afternoon stated that the two men then drove towards Sioux Lookout into cell phone reception range and later drove to Meno-Ya-Win Hospital where the man received further treatment including a rabies shot.

The OPP would like to remind the public to take precaution about attracting bears while spending time outdoors and not to approach or attempt to interact with bears in anyway. Further information can be found on the Ministry of Natural Resources website.

Anyone wishing to report a bear sighting is reminded to call the Ministry of Natural Recourses Nuisance Bear hotline at 1-866-514-2327. For issues of public safety contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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