A man was hospitalized Saturday, after tangling with a bear on
the southern edge of Superior.
At 8 p.m., Superior Police were called to a property on East Old
No. 105 Road, after receiving a report of a mauling. The identity of
the injured party has not yet been released.
The man was with a female hunting partner who had set up over
some bait, in pursuit of deer.
A bear apparently wandered onto the scene, and the man attempted
to chase it off, according to Sgt. Adam Poskozim. The bear turned on
the man and began to maul him. The man wounded the bear with a
knife, and his hunting partner shot the animal with an arrow.
But the wounded animal was still alive when police arrived on the
The man was treated by emergency medical technicians on the scene
for wounds to his right thigh and wrist, according to a report from
the Superior Fire Department. He was stabilized then transported by
Gold Cross ambulance to Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center in
The man sustained puncture wounds that Poskozim said appeared
consistent with bite injuries.
Responding officers were concerned that the wounded animal posed
a danger to others and spent nearly an hour searching down the bear,
which was then dispatched with a gun.
Poskozim estimated the bear, which was a sow, weighed somewhere
between 150 and 200 pounds.
The case has been referred the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources for further investigation, according to Poskozim.
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