WI DNR in Search of Bear that Attacked Siren Woman

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at 8:46 am

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is in search of a 125 pound bear that attacked a Siren woman outside her home Sunday.  The woman suffered minor injuries including cuts and was treated and released from the hospital.

According to DNR Officials, The bear entered the family’s home a few nights prior to the attack but eventually left through a porch door and causing some damage. Because the bear had been at the woman’s home on several other nights and appears to be unafraid of humans, DNR officials say that to assure public safety, if and when the animal is found it will be euthanized.

“The safety and health of our citizens are our primary focus in this investigation,” Regional Law Enforcement Supervisor Dave Zebro said.

The DNR reports, a larger bear had also been seen near the residence. Bears are nearing the end of their breeding season and this is a time when sow bears are forcing yearling bears out of the family group.

Federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) trappers have placed a culvert type live trap at the residence and plan to place a similar trap in the area in hopes of trapping the bears. Area residents are urged to leave the traps alone and to remove all bird feeders, outside dog food, and put garbage indoors.

“What we have here is a problem with a wild animal that has become habituated to raiding bird feeders, area garbage cans, and other human foods,” said DNR Northern Region Wildlife Supervisor, Mike Zeckmeister.

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