Man hurt in bear attack near Kenora

by Jason Bain | October 1, 2019
Stock image of black bear.

A 69-year-old man attacked by a black bear while walking near his Kenora-area cottage last week did not suffer life-threatening injuries, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said.

The bear believed to be responsible for the attack on Rice Lake Road was found and killed, Kenora Detachment Media Relations Officer Jason Canfield stated in a release.

Officers were dispatched at about 11:11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 as the man was on route to hospital, police stated.

Man fought off bruin

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is investigating. Further details were not released.

Victim Dave Schwab — an experienced hiker who says he is lucky to be alive — described fighting off the bruin to media including CBC news.

The attack comes less than a month after a 62-year-old Minnesota woman was killed by a black bear on Rainy Lake, near Fort Frances, after checking on her dogs while staying at a cabin for a family reunion.

Use caution: OPP

OPP are reminding everyone to use extreme caution when encountering bears.

Non-emergency encounters include bears roaming and checking garbage, breaking into sheds where garbage or food is stored, pulling down bird feeders, and moving through back yards.

Emergency situations include bears entering a school yard, entering or trying to enter a home, wandering into a public gathering, stalking people or lingering, and killing livestock or pets, OPP stated.

If you spot a bear, you can call Bear Wise at 1-866-514-2327, or 911 for emergencies.

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