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DNR: Bear that Attacked Three Men May Have Been Captive at One Time

New information has suggested the bear that attacked three men and a dog last month near Isabella may have been captive at one time. New information has suggested the bear that attacked three men and a dog last month near Isabella may have been captive at one time. |  Photo: Courtesy: Lake County Sheriff's Department

Updated: January 28, 2018 05:04 PM

New information is suggesting the black bear that attacked three men and a dog last month near Isabella may have been captive at one time. 

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The Star Tribune reports the bear was deranged by severe brain swelling and had two external abnormalities.

According to the Star Tribune, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources bear research biologist Dave Garshelis says the bear had a swath of missing hair all around the neck, and damaged rear claws.

Garshelis was one of the first people to examine the bear after it was shot in the face by a DNR conservation officer from Ely and a Lake County deputy sheriff.

Garshelis told the Star Tribune that there was a scar tissue on the neck, and hair follicles missing in a complete ring ranging from 1 to 2 inches wide.

The findings make Garshelis think the bear had a collar around his neck at one time, according to the Star Tribune.  

Garshelis told the Star Tribune research collars sometimes cause temporary hair loss, but that the missing hair on the bear was permanent and fully circular.

“It was something around the bear’s neck that either fell off or was taken off and the hair didn’t regrow,’’ Garshelis told the Star Tribune.

According to the Star Tribune, people have been known to trim the front claws to avoid injury when they take in wild bears. Garshelis says the back claws appear to have been clipped or damaged by a hard surface, which he says he is puzzled by.

“Those claws are a mystery,’’ Garshelis told the Star Tribune. 

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Information from: Star Tribune

 


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