A bear that attacked a man in Marinette County did not have rabies, the Department of Natural Resources says.
The bear attacked Gerre Ninnemann at Ninnemann's cabin in the town of Silver Cliff on Wednesday. Ninnemann says he was trying to protect his dog from the bear when the bear attacked. Ninnemann's wife Marie used a gun to hit the bear and free her husband so they could get inside the cabin.
A sheriff's deputy eventually shot and killed the bear.
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The bear's carcass was sent to Madison to undergo a rabies test. DNR officials say they are not surprised the test came back negative, since bears do not typically carry rabies. Anytime a person is bitten by an animal, however, a rabies test is done.
Wildlife experts say the behavior of the juvenile male bear – attacking a person and continuing to stalk the cabin – was unusual for bears.
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