No answers yet in Superior bear incidentThe warden investigating the death of a bear that bit a Superior man in the arm and legs is mum about what he has learned so far.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
The warden investigating the death of a bear that bit a Superior man in the arm and legs is mum about what he has learned so far.
But John Krull of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said he doesn’t like seeing the incident that occurred near a hunting blind on
Saturday night referred to as a “bear attack.”
“ ‘Bear attack’ in my mind … that seems to indicate that a bear did something wrong or did something that was unusual or out of character,” Krull said. “That may be the farthest thing from the truth.”
Superior police were called to Old Highway
105 and Pokegama Road about 8 p.m. on Saturday where they found Charlie Lehman and Tiffany Mallow. Lehman was nursing apparent bite wounds on his forearm and calf.
Mallow has said she was trapped in the blind where she had been deer hunting because a bear was feeding on the bait she had laid out. When Lehman tried to scare the bear, it turned on him and bit him. Mallow said she shot the bear in the lungs with an arrow and Lehman stabbed it with his pocket knife. When Lehman checked to see if the bear was dead, the bear bit him in the leg and retreated into the woods.
While Lehman was rushed to the hospital, Mallow helped police find the bear. They shot and killed it.
Krull said the investigation isn’t complete. Might it result in charges?
“We had a bear killed,” he said. “It was killed irregularly. Those types of things could always result in charges. There might be absolutely nothing wrong with what occurred as well.”
Although no arrow was found in the bear’s carcass, that doesn’t mean the bear wasn’t shot with an arrow, Krull said.