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9/13/2011 7:30:00 AM
Hunter attacked by bear in Lincoln County
Heather Schaefer
Associate Editor

A hunter in Lincoln County found himself in a precarious position on Friday after a bear he shot turned and attacked him.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Christopher J. Halfmann, 39, of De Pere was injured while bear hunting in the town of Harding Friday morning.

Authorities say Halfmann was hunting with a group of friends near County Road E and Alexander Lake Road when his dog alerted on a bear. Halfmann shot and wounded the bear but the bear did not die. Instead, the animal attacked Halfmann before running off.

Halfmann's hunting companions brought him to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill. From there he was transferred by Ground Spirit to the trauma center at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay where he was last listed in stable condition. Authorities have not described the nature of his injuries.

After taking Halfmann to the hospital, the hunting group returned to the scene, found the injured bear and killed it.

According to standard protocol, the bear will be tested for rabies.

The investigation of the incident has been turned over to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: cheyenne pearson

I dont blame the bear...Hunting is not a sport...It is murder. Of course I pray the man is ok and recovers fully, but I also pray he learned his lesson on cruelty towards animals. You know what they say about karma...she's a ***** or in this case a bear!!!

Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Article comment by: Lori Chiolino

I would turn and attack some one who shot me too and especially since they had dogs that the bear had no chance to get away from anyway. I have also seen what a bear can do to a dog. Bear hunting is not a sport in my opinion. Do you need the bear meat for food? Are these guys starving? I do pray the man recovers fully and then thinks better of why he is hunting this animal.

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