I'm Bit and She is Still in the Tree
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.