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A bear surprised a sleeping man near Sioux Lookout.
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A bear surprised a sleeping man near Sioux Lookout.
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By tbnewswatch.com

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. -- A nap near a trail in Sioux Lookout almost led to a man becoming a bear’s evening snack.

Officials with the OPP say the 29-year-old Muskrat Dam man was snoozing next to a trail on Seventh Avenue just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was awoken by a bear biting his hand.

The bear wasn’t looking for a nibble, but instead attempted to drag the man into a wooded area. But the bear was scared off by another community member who struck the mammal with a rock.

The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the hospital and has since been released.

The OPP is now reminding the public to take precautions about attracting bears a while outdoors and not to approach or attempt to interact with the animals.

More information can be found online at the Ministry of Natural Resources website.

Anyone wishing to report a nuisance bear is asked to call the MNR’s nuisance bear hotline at 1-866-514-2327.

For issues of public safety, contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
 

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