Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Girl Injured When Black Bear Swipes Tent at Manitoba Backcountry Campsite

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Girl Injured When Black Bear Swipes Tent at Manitoba Backcountry Campsite

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Girl injured by black bear in Manitoba

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WHITESHELL, Man. - Officials in Manitoba say an eight-year-old girl was injured over the weekend when a black bear attacked a tent at a backcountry campsite.

The province says in a news release that the girl was camping with her family on South Cross Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park on Saturday when the attack occurred.

The release says the family had taken many safety precautions including hanging food in a bear-proof barrel in a tree away from the campsite.

After the bear swiped the tent, injuring the girl, it climbed a tree and tried unsuccessfully to get into the food barrel.

The girl's father was able to scare the bear away from the campsite, which allowed the family time to gather some essentials, alert other campers and escape into their canoe. …

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