RHINELANDER (WKOW) – Although two black bear attacks have already happened in Wisconsin this spring, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' carnivore specialist says attacks in Wisconsin are unusual.
David MacFarland, in Rhinelander, says black bears are not aggressive animals and usually do not attack. MacFarland says the recent attacks this year in Wisconsin are rare.
The most recent bear attack happened Monday in Burnett County. A man's dog initiated contact with a bear outside a cabin near Shell Lake before the bear mauled the man and took off. The man was taken to a hospital in the Twin Cities.
Last month, Gerre Ninnemann's dog tangled with a bear outside in Marinette County before it attacked the man. Ninnemann's wife hit the bear over the head with a gun. Eventually, a sheriff's deputy shot and killed the bear.