North Idaho jogger survives bear attack

BOISE, ID - A black bear attacked a man jogging near Priest Lake in northern Idaho -- in what is the second bear attack in the popular recreation area in a month.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the man sustained lacerations to his lower leg in the Monday afternoon attack, but wasn't taken to a hospital.

Officials say the man tried to scare off the bear and then fell to the ground when it attacked, driving it off with a kick.

Trackers with dogs failed to locate the bear in the Panhandle National Forests. The U.S. Forest Service closed the area overnight.

Early in July, a black bear with a cub attacked a woman hiking about six miles south of Monday's attack. She was flown to a hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

(by KEITH RIDLER
Associated Press)
 

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