Sault Ste. Marie Police report 2 bear attacks in 4 days

Sault Ste. Marie Police say two people have been attacked by bears in the city since Friday.

On Monday around 12:20 p.m., police say a woman was walking her dog off leash on Old Garden River Road. The woman and her dog inadvertently came between three bear cubs that were in the area. Police say once that happened, a mother bear became aggressive and charged at the woman.

Police say her dog, a German Shepherd, then went after the bear, allowing her time to escape the area. Police say the dog has life threatening injuries. The bear stayed in the area.

On Friday night in a separate area of the city, police say a different woman was walking her dog Old Goulais Bay Road around 11 p.m.

Police say a mother bear and three cubs were reported in the area earlier.

While out with her dog, police say the woman was attacked by the mother bear “which caused several puncture wounds” to her back, as well as cuts to her head.