A man is recovering at a Twin Cities hospital after being mauled by a black bear in northwest Wisconsin Monday night, the Associated Press reports.
Around 9:30 p.m., the man was doing yard work outside his cabin near Shell Lake when his dog tangled with the bear. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the man tried to intervene when the bear attacked him.
KARE 11 identifies the victim as Jerry Brown.
The Brown's brother, who was inside the cabin at the time, ran out and shot the bear, injuring the animal before it ran away, the Associated Press said.
Brown was taken to a hospital in Shell Lake and airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he's in critical condition, KARE says.
Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are trying to track down the bear. According the brother's account, it sounds like the bear was a large male.
Earlier this month, a 190-pound black bear attacked a 72-year-old woman outside her house near McGregor in northern Minnesota after her dog chased after the bear's three cubs. She was seriously injured, but survived.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says another bear attack involving a dog was also reported in northeast Wisconsin last month.