Black Bears

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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.

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After a 60-year-old woman and her dogs were attacked by a black bear in North Idaho Tuesday, wildlife officials are reminding people of how to stay safe in the outdoors.

The woman was hiking on a trail near a visitors’ center at the Idaho Panhandle National Forests when a black bear charged her, biting her head, stomach and side. The woman’s dogs were also injured. All are expected to recover.

Phil Cooper with Idaho Fish and Game says the attack was likely the result of the woman and her dogs surprising the bear and her cub.

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Mud baths aren't just for spa-loving humans.

A National Geographic video captured both grizzlies and black bears submerging in what's referred to as a "bear bathtub" in Yellowstone National Park. The natural swimming hole serves as a place for the bears to cool off, take a drink and get squeaky clean.

Cameras placed around the hole recorded the action, giving insight into the iconic predators' behavior.