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Mother bear, cubs sought for euthanizing after attack on Staunton man – Updated

Black bears 4By Lynn R. Mitchell

There is controversy  surrounding the black bear sow that attacked a Staunton man and his dog a few days ago while they were in the George Washington National Forest, and an online petition being circulated to save them (see petition here).

Traps have been set in the forest to catch the bears that will then be euthanized. The outcry is that the bears were in their habitat, not encroaching on private property, and the sow was provoked to protect her cubs. The unleashed dog chased one of the cubs which caused the sow to attack Steven Kirchbaum, 59, of Staunton, and his dog.

There are reasons that authorities are looking for the bears, according to the Winchester Star (see W.Va. officials seek to catch, euthanize bears in attack):

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Bear attacks Staunton man in George Washington National Forest

BearBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A Staunton man and his dog were attacked early Thursday afternoon in the George Washington National Park after coming up on a mother black bear and her two cubs. The man and dog were able to escape to a nearby rural market where EMTs responded and transported the man to a hospital while his dog was taken in for veterinary care.
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