Bear thought to have mauled Michigan girl shot and killed, though family skeptical animal was involved in attack
Conservation officers shot and killed a black bear in northern Michigan and plan to conduct tests on the animal to determine whether it's the one that mauled a 12-year-old as she jogged on her grandfather's property.First off, thank goodness the girl was okay. Mauled by a bear - even a 150 pound black bear - isn't something I'd care to experience. She was injured, but should recover fully. She called for help after being attacked and then played dead, which apparently did the trick, as the bear stopped the attack. It could also have been that more folks were headed out towards the location of the attack, too.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the bear was killed over the weekend. But the girl's grandfather doesn't believe the animal killed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources was responsible for the attack, according to the newspaper.
What was interesting, though, was the choice of wording from the Michigan DNR about what to do in the event of a bear attack:
"If you encounter a bear, stand your ground and then slowly back away," the agency said in a news release. "Do not turn away."(emphasis mine). No word on whether the bear should be shushed or not...
It advised people not to show fear, run or play dead, but instead to make themselves look as big as possible and talk to the animal in a stern voice. "Fight back if actually attacked with a backpack, stick or bare hands."
It is interesting that we have two stories where the authorities tell us to fight back, isn't it? It's like it doesn't matter who - or what - the predator is; offering resistance of any type is likely to result in a better ending than just playing dead. In this case it worked; I would surmise the reason they no longer advocate "playing possum" is that people by and large suck at it.
I also can't help but note the irony of Michigan officials telling folks to stand their ground...
That is all.