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Officials: Man mauled by bear outside cabin

Published On: Jun 18 2013 01:03:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 18 2013 05:08:52 PM CDT

Photo courtesy Gerre Ninnemann

The black bear that attacked Gerre Ninneman in Marinette County Wednesday is shown munching on Ninneman's hat.

SHELL LAKE, Wis. -

A man who was attacked by a black bear outside a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin is recovering at a hospital.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the man was attacked in his yard near Shell Lake on Monday night. DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland says the man's dog apparently initiated contact with the bear.

MacFarland says the man's brother came out of the cabin and shot and injured the bear, which ran away.

The Burnett County Sheriff's Department says the man was taken to a hospital in Shell Lake. He was then airlifted to a hospital in the Twin Cities. MacFarland says he's in stable condition.

DNR wildlife supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says officials have set up traps for the bear in case it returns.

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