Man’s best friend: Dog attacks bear in defence of owner in northern Ontario park

, Ont. — A 42-year-old man is recovering in hospital after being repeatedly attacked by a while camping in a provincial park.

say the Thunder Bay man was walking his two dogs in Sandbar Provincial Park on Saturday when he was attacked from behind by a mature black bear.

Police say the man was able to get away and waited in a lake while the bear walked away.

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When the man tried to walk back to his , the bear attacked again, at which point one of the man’s dogs tried to fend off the bear.

Police say the man eventually managed to get away and made it to a where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries before being taken to a hospital in , Ont.

have shot the bear but haven’t been able to locate it. Officers from the natural are tracking the bruin.

Police are warning everyone in the park to stay vigilant and protect themselves from the aggressive bear.

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