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DNR: Bear in Marinette Attack Did Not Have Rabies

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DNR: Bear in Marinette Attack Did Not Have Rabies

CREATED May. 17, 2013

MARINETTE, Wis. -- The Department of Natural Resources says a bear that attacked a man outside a Marinette County cabin did not have rabies.

The attack happened Wednesday afternoon in the town of Silver Cliff and hospitalized Gerre Ninnemann.

He has seen many bears while hiking the trails up there, but he has never had one actually attack him. 
 
"You never know what's going to come walking over that hill."
 
That's how Gerre Ninnemann feels now at his Silver Cliff cabin after a black bear came over that hill attacking his dog. 
 
Ninnemann was attacked by the bear after trying to save his dog.
 
"The bear didn't leave it stayed here for over and hour circling the cabin looking in the windows."
 
The bear bit him on his neck, his ear and his back. 
 
"He worked me over pretty good," says Ninnemann.
 
While trapped inside a deputy arrived at the cabin and shot the bear. 
 
"Bears are pretty secretive and pretty shy," says John Huff of the DNR.
 
Now the DNR says  that a bear attack is a very rare occurrence, however they still say that people need to be cautious.
 
"Just kind of keeping your cabin area clean of food will reduce the attractiveness to bears," says Huff.
 
Ninnemann, still pondering why a bear would act that way says he's  going to make some changes to where he keeps his firearms and where he goes 
 
"From now on when I take walks on the trails around here, I'm going to start carrying a sidearm," says Ninnemann.
 
And keep an eye out for whatever's out there.
 

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