Bear Attacks Man Twice at NW Ont. Park

Posted at: 08/05/2013 10:06 AM
Updated at: 08/05/2013 11:12 AM

Shoreline at Sandbar Lake Provincial Park
Shoreline at Sandbar Lake Provincial Park

A man was able to escape after being attacked twice by the same bear at a northwestern Ontario Provincial Park.

The attack happened Saturday at Sandbar Lake Provincial Park near Ignace, which is a few hours' drive west of Thunder Bay.  The victim, a 42-year-old Thunder Bay man who was camping at the park, was walking his two dogs and had stopped near the lake when a mature black bear attacked.

The man got away and waited in the water until the bear walked off.  The bear attacked again when the victim left the water.  One of the man's dogs attempted to protect his owner and the man was able to get away and go to the park ranger station for help.

The man's injuries are not life-threatening.

Park officials caught the bear in a live trap on Monday morning.  Trails surrounding the park remain closed while an investigation continues.