Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Pine County Sheriffs Office
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Hunter attacked by wounded bear


On Saturday, September 27 just after 3:30 a.m. the Pine County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a man had been attacked by a black bear northeast of the village of Duxbury in northern Pine County.

The attack occurred over a mile from the road in dense wild-land, generally east of the end of School House Drive in Duxbury.

The reporting party was not clear as to what had happened, but reported a male hunter had been tracking a wounded bear in the woods and now needed medical help.

Pine County Dispatch Center dispatched Sandstone Ambulance, Duxbury EMS, and Duxbury Fire to the scene. Responders on scene advised dispatch the male was a great distance into the woods and would require responders to travel on the reporting party’s ATVs. Pine County Dispatch Center then dispatched two deputies to the scene to assist.

The victim was found with severe lacerations and bites to his chest, arms and legs. Before being loaded into an air ambulance, the victim told deputies that while tracking the wounded bear, it charged out of the darkness and knocked the victim to the ground, clawing and biting him. The victim attempted to fight off the attack by stabbing at the bear with his hunting knife.

The victim was transported by air ambulance to North Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

The bear fled the area and has not been located. There is no risk to the general public.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been notified and is investigating this incident in conjunction with the Pine County Sheriff's Office.


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