Autopsy: Cass Co. Bear Encounter Didn't Kill Man

Created: July 12, 2018 11:51 AM

A man has died several days after an encounter with a bear in Cass County, but an autopsy found the bear did not cause the death.

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The incident happened in Ponto Lake Township, north of Pine River, on Friday, July 6.  The Cass County Sheriff's Office says the 70-year-old man was attempting to scare a bear away from his yard when he was charged by another bear and thrown into the air.

The man did not have any external visible injuries, but called first responders on Sunday night for help with stomach pain.  He was airlifted to a Fargo hospital, where he later died.

North Dakota officials conducted an autopsy and did not find any injuries or wounds.  The preliminary report indicates the bear did not cause the man's death.

The sheriff's office and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources continue to investigate the incident.

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