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Bear Attacked Michigan Women In Pukaskwa Nation Park, Lake Superior


THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   August 6, 2011   ---   A lone black bear attached  a visitor Friday morning in Pukaskwa National Park, approximately 40 miles southeast of Hattie Cove. Coast and coastal trail are reported closed for now between Oiseau Bay and Otter Cove.

A 57-year-old woman was taken to Marathon hospital after being attacked by a bear in Pukaskwa National Park on Lake Superior, south of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Just before 9 a.m. Friday, the women from Harbor Springs, Mich., were boating in the national park when one woman went to shore and was attacked by a bear.

 An official at the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre at CFB Trenton says the woman was one of three people who got off a small boat in a harbour at the park today at 8:40 a.m.

The woman suffered puncture wounds to her right side and lost a lot of blood after the bear attacked her.

Authorities say the trio got back onto the boat and radioed the rescue centre, which got in touch with park rangers.

They sped to the scene in a rescue craft, and took the injured woman to the ranger station. She was transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital in Marathon, just north of the park.

The two other people were not hurt.

What to do if you encounter a black bear while enjoying the outdoors

Bears usually avoid humans. But if you do encounter one, it's important to remember that they are powerful and potentially dangerous animals. If you are a hiker, cyclist, jogger, berry picker, or anyone who plans to spend some time in "bear country", there are some things you should do if you encounter a bear.

If you encounter a bear:

  • If the bear is not paying any attention to you, slowly and quietly back away while watching the bear to make sure it isn't following you
  • Do not approach the bear to get a better look
  • If the bear obviously knows you are there, raise your arms to let the bear know you are a human. Make yourself look as big as possible. Speak in a firm but non-threatening voice while looking at the bear and backing away
  • Watch the bear to gauge its reaction to you. Generally, the noisier the bear is, the less dangerous it is, providing you don't approach the bear. If a bear huffs, pops its jaw or stomps its paws on the ground, it wants you to back away and give it space
  • If a bear closely approaches you, drop any food you are carrying and continue backing up
  • If the bear continues to try to approach, stand your ground and be aggressive - use your whistle or air horn, yell, stand tall, wave your arms and throw objects
  • If a bear keeps advancing and is getting close, continue to stand your ground. Use your bear pepper spray and anything else to threaten or distract the bear - bears will often first test to see if it is safe to approach you
  • Do not run or climb a tree. Bears can run faster and climb better than you
  • If the bear makes contact, fight back with everything you have

Think about safety:

  • Carry and have readily accessible a whistle or an air horn
  • Learn how to carry and use bear pepper spray. Know its limitations
  • If you are in “back country” consider carrying a long-handled axe


from MNR website http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Bearwise/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_167719.html

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