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Bear protecting cubs attacks dog in Becker County

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FRAZEE, MINNESOTA (KFGO-AM) -- A bear protecting its cubs attacked a dog in Becker County.

Chris Wacker of Frazee was picking mushrooms on his parent's property south of Toad Lake when he and his dog, Toby, were surprised by a bear standing on its hind legs. Wacker says he saw another bear run by and two cubs scampered up a tree. Wacker yelled at his dog to stay but the dog took off toward bear and was attacked.

Wacker ran back to his parent's house. His badly injured dog showed up ten minutes later and Wacker rushed him to the vet. The dog needed a lot of stitches but will survive.

The DNR says bear attacks are rare.

Conservation Officer Chris Vinton says residents in that area have had some problems with bears in the past.