Wisconsin Couple Kills Attacking Bear in Their Home

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

A police chief and his wife managed to shoot and stab the bear after it came through an open window and attacked

A North Central Wisconsin police chief and his wife stabbed and shot a bear that came through a window into their home and attacked them. According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, the attack happened around 11 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2022, at a home near Medford.

TMJ4 reports that Medford Police Chief Chad Liske refused to comment about the attack on camera because he and his family have received hateful comments about killing the bear. But the Taylor County Sheriff's Office said they did the right thing.

“They saw the bear eating from their bird feeder close to their house,” Sheriff Larry Woebbeking told TMJ4. “They just opened the back window and yelled for it to go away. They were not aggressive in any way. Typically bears will run off. But in this case, it charged through the open window and entered the home.”

Liske's wife managed to break away and stab the bear with a kitchen knife as her husband wrestled with it. Liske was then able to grab a gun and kill the aggressive bear. Fortunately, their children were asleep in their bedrooms during the attack and were uninjured.

The couple was treated at the hospital for bite wounds and other injuries before being released.

“Miraculously, their injuries are not life threatening, but they look beat up,” Woebbeking said.

CBS News reports that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) took the adult female bear for testing. The sheriff’s office said a cub was seen running off right before the attack.

According to the agency, Wisconsin's black bear population has grown considerably over the past three decades. In 1989 the state's bear population was estimated to be about 9,000 bears. The current bear population is estimated at more than 24,000.

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