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Wildlife expert calls two black bear attacks unusual

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state wildlife expert says it’s really unusual for one black bear to attack a human – much less two.

Northern Wisconsin had its second bear attack in two months on Monday night, when Jerry Brown of rural Shell Lake and his dog were hurt in their yard.

State DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland said Brown’s dog was apparently the first to have contact with the bear – and the animal then mauled Brown.

McFarland said Brown’s brother came out of a cabin, and shot the bear. The injured animal then ran away. Officials were still looking for the bear at last word.

Brown was taken to a hospital in Shell Lake, and then flown to a facility in Robbinsdale Minnesota. He was in critical but stable condition at last word.

MacFarland says black bear are normally not aggressive enough to attack humans.

Last month, a dog tangled with a bear in Marinette County before the bear attacked Gerre Ninneman. His wife then the bear’s head with a gun, and a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the animal.