Jogger Injured In Northern Idaho Black Bear Attack

Aug 2, 2017

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A black bear attacked a man jogging near Priest Lake in northern Idaho in what is the second bear attack in the popular recreation area in a month.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the man sustained lacerations to his lower leg in the Monday afternoon attack but wasn't taken to a hospital.

Officials say the man tried to scare off the bear and then fell to the ground when it attacked, driving it off with a kick.

Trackers with dogs failed to locate the bear in the Panhandle National Forests. The U.S. Forest Service closed the area overnight.

Early in July, a black bear with a cub attacked a woman hiking about 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of Monday's attack. She was flown to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.