Dog injured in bear attack in western Wisconsin

May 13, 2019 06:40 PM

A dog was injured following a bear attack Sunday night in western Wisconsin.

According to the Glenwood City Police Department, the incident happened in the city around the area of West Walnut Street. Authorities say the owners let the dog outside before going to bed.


Police add the bear may have cubs, as the animal kept attacking the dog even after the dog retreated to the property.

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The post states the owner shot at the bear and believes he hit it at least once. Police say they have received other reports of a bear with cubs in the city.

Doug Nelson says he did everything he could to save his dog Carly during the attack. 

"It could have been way worse than it was," Nelson said. "These animals become part of your family so you protect them like anything else."

Despite Sunday's attack in Glenwood City, the number of complaints involving black bears in Wisconsin is the lowest it has been in decades.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says more people removing bird feeders and securing their garbage cans is a big reason behind the decline.

If anyone in the area sees the bear or the bear cubs, they are asked to call Wisconsin Wildlife Services at 1-800-228-1368.

Authorities also advise locals to bring in their bird feeders and garbage cans at night to prevent incidents such as this.

The Wisconsin DNR also said it does not advise people to try and intercede with the bear in such a situation.

"As well, for obvious safety reasons, it might be worth noting that individuals whose pets encounter a black bear should never intercede in that interaction," a spokesperson said via email.

"People will occasionally try to extricate their dogs from such an encounter, but doing so risks attracting the attention of an already-agitated bear. " 

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