I'm Bit and She is Still in the Tree

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Tuesday night Lisa Lang was deer hunting on the outskirts of a family owned corn field. She was in a tree stand, her husband Jeff, was about 120 yards away in another tree stand, and they had placed a deer decoy about 20 yards from where Lisa was. Lisa saw a family of bears, a sow, and four cubs come in from the side to the freshly mowed field. They were about 70 yards away. As the bears approached the decoy, something seemed to spook them. One of the cubs went running towards Lisa and climbed up a tree close to Lisa. She was eye level with him.

The sow came over as well and everything was fine until she noticed Lisa. Lisa tried yelling to scare the bear off, but that did not do anything. The sow charged up the tree and bit Lisa's leg. Tuesday night, neither Lisa or her husband were packing a firearm, they were out bowhunting. The bear released Lisa's leg but stayed in the tree, with Jeff getting closer she yelled out "I'm bit, and she is still in the tree." When the bear got down she stayed by the tree and paced. Lisa decided not to shoot an arrow at her, she was afraid if it wasn't a fatal shot it would only make the bear really mad.

The bear backed away and Jeff was able to get to the base of the tree. Lisa climbed down, and the two took off through the field to safety. Lisa would receive 40 stitches later for her bite wound. The cub remained in the tree the whole time.

The Wisconsin DNR has never seen anything like it, and think the sow was just acting aggressively to defend her cub. Kevin Harter, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the bear seems to have acted within the "realm of understandable bear behavior." As such, there is no plan to go after the bear, although he said wardens will keep an eye on the area. "It's Bear 101: Never come between a sow and her cubs," Harter said. "In this case, of course, it's completely an accident." Lang said she respects the DNR decision. She said she plans to hunt again at some point, "but it'll probably be more with firearms." From TwinCities.com.


Will_Hunt4Food's picture

Hunting is dangerous!

I know in many states carrying a sidearm is illegal during archery season but I feel for my safety I rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.  Remember there are plenty of predators w/ 4 legs and even more w/ 2!!!

great and scary story,

great and scary story, thankful that all turned out well, this reminds me of another situation a friend of mine was put in, he had hurt his back this particular year he was going to bear hunt so he could not hunt out of a tree.    So he was gonna have to sit on the ground, well wouldnt ya know thats a bad idea to stomp around your bait pile full of little debbies cakes, he was sitting at the base of a tree when a sow came in with cubs.  the cub came directly to where he was and proceeded to lick his boot which by itself is scary enough, luckily for him the mom had never even noticed him sitting there. that story could of had a real bad ending.

BikerRN's picture


I am amazed at the restraint shown by Lisa Lang.

I can assure you that I would lack the same amount of restraint in such a situation. I don't bowhunt but no matter where I am or what I'm doing, unless I'm in Federal Court, I most likely have a handgun on me for self defense. Even in Federal Court all I have to do is go to the Lobby and take my gun out of the locker. When I'm in bear country it's of a caliber suitable for use in defending against a bruin.

I was reading an online article a while back that mentioned that if attacked by a bear one is more likely to be killed by a Black Bear than a Brown Bear. I don't remember where I read it, or even if true, but if I read the article right I found this to be an interesting tidbit of information. I view this as an unavoidable situation, Lisa's case, and find no fault with the hunteress or the bear. The bear was acting as a bear should. The huntress was out in the woods doing what a huntress does. Sometimes when the two meet the outcome is not favorable for one of the parties involved. In this case it was unfavorable for the huntress.

I hope Lisa the best and wish her well in her future hunting endeavors.


hunter25's picture

This is an amazing and scary

This is an amazing and scary story for sure. I wouldn't call it an attack in the normal sense but it still is one for sure. The woman was really unfortunate that the cub decided to climb the tree that it did and then bring his moms attention to it. She was just trying to protect her cub without realizing he wasn't in any danger. I applaude the woman for not shooting the bear as I'm sure I would not have waited a minute. I would feel bad for the cubs but not at that moment. Hopefully she heals up well and quickly and everyone can get back to a normal life. And hopefully this doesn't keep her from heading back out into the woods again as the chance of a similar situation are very unlikely.

COMeatHunter's picture

That is just downright scary!

That is just downright scary!  If I ever was able to talk my wife into hunting, I'm pretty sure anything liek this happening would cure her desire to ever hunt again.  What a crazy scenario to play out while hunting in a tree stand.

I would have a applaud Lisa's restraint from shooting the bear too.  From a personal safety perspective, this was probably a good choice too.  But for the 4 cubs, not shooting the mother was probably the difference between life and death.  

Hope she turns out OK and can still enjoy hunting in the future.

numbnutz's picture

Holy smokes! That would be a

Holy smokes! That would be a very scary situation for sure. What are the odds of a cub climbing the tree next to yours and the having mamma get mad about it and climb your tree and start attacking you. Bear sray bear spay bear spray!!! I don't know why people don't have bear spray with them. Even if there is one bear in the whole state. I'd rather have and not need it than need it nad not have it. With all of the attacks this year I would make sure that I was packing some bear spray. I'm glad she ended up being ok and only needed 40 stiches. That's not too bad all things considered. The whole situation could have turned out a whole heck of a lot worse for the lady. Typically a sow protecting her cub will attack in a very violent manner. I hope she learned a lesson her and I hope her husband will buy some spray for protection.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Wow, talk about a scary, and

Wow, talk about a scary, and just plain odd situation.  Got to be a one in a million shot at a bear coming into your set-up and then having the cub climb a tee next to you, and finally, having a mother bear actually bite you in the tree.  Crazy!

She was smart not to shoot at the bear once it had descended the tree.  Nothing to be accomplished there, as long as it stayed down, and she wasn't in dire need of medical attention.  That is one more reason though that I think state should allow sidearms while hunting archery seasons.  I know that there is the potential for poaching, but I have to think that if allowing the hunters to be able to protect themselves and ward off dangerous animals, and even one life is saved then that it is well worth a couple of animals that may be poached.

Glad to see nobody was seriously injured.  Gotta think that she'll have a story to tell around the campfire from now on......



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Retired2hunt's picture

  After thinking about it


After thinking about it more... yes, if a bear is biting my leg badly I am drawing my bow to full pull and placing an arrow as best possible to take that bear out humanely.  Yes, it was protecting its cubs but you do not know definitely the outcome here and at the moment... I would rather have to find a foster bear cub mother than something worse with a lost human life.


Retired2hunt's picture

  Yes, this is nothing more


Yes, this is nothing more than simply an accident situation where a bow hunter was caught between a bow hunter in a tree and a cub who accidentally was in the wrong area. 

Wisconsin is not the bear attack capital of the USA!  Nothing to see here people just move away and leave the area!

Bottom linr - great to have a hunting partner in the area (a husband at that) and the ability to correctly decide whether to shot or not with a bow as a defense.

40 stiches is not a small occurance with a bear.  Luckily for the bear this was just a natural situation in the wild for the bear and it will not be euthanized.

Glad to see all hunters are safe and recuperating and able to hunt deer or any other species again.