GREENWOOD TWP. (WWJ) - Authorities say a 46-year-old man was injured in a suspected attack by a black bear in mid-Michigan.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, attack happened around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Greenwood Township.
The man told officials he was alone in a ground blind, hunting for porcupine, when a black bear came from behind, knocked him over and attacked him. The man said he used a hunting knife the stab the bear, scaring it off.
The DNR was informed about the attack 45 minutes later and advised the man to seek medical attention. He was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.
The DNR is placing a trap in the area in hopes of catching the bear, which is believed to be injured. Authorities are urging the public to be mindful of their efforts to trap the animal.
If a bear is sighted in the area of Greenwood Township, contact the DNR's Report All Poaching Hotline at 1-800-292-7800.
Michigan has an estimated black bear population of 8,000 to 10,000 bears, with 90 percent of the population in the Upper Peninsula. Bear are known to frequent locations in this area of Clare County, where the attack occurred.
Black bears are generally fearful of humans and will usually leave if they become aware that people are present. If you're in an area where bears may be present:
• Avoid surprising bears, travel in small groups and make noise.
• If you encounter a bear, stand your ground and then slowly back away. Do not turn away. Do not show fear and don't run. Do not play dead.
• Make yourself look bigger and talk to the bear in a stern voice.
• If actually attacked, fight back with a backpack, stick, or bare hands.
• Carry pepper spray, which has been shown to be effective in fending off bear attacks.
For additional information on living with bears, visit www.michigan.gov/bear.
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