Brown and dog recover from bear attack
by Larry Samson
Register staff writer
ROBINSDALE, Minn. — Jerry Brown is recovering from the injuries he incurred in a bear attack at his Burnett County home in rural Shell Lake. The attack came on the evening of Monday, June 17. He is now able to tell his story.
At around 9 p.m., Brown let his dog, Cricket, outside to relieve himself. The dog did not want to go outside. Brown stepped out of the door to encourage Cricket and was attacked by a large black bear. The bear had Brown by the arm, dragging him when Cricket came out of the house and went for the bear. This gave Brown the opportunity to get away from the bear. Brown did not get far when the bear swatted him from behind, smashing him in the side of his face. Cricket came back at the bear, saving Brown's life by letting him get away for the second time. Brown ran to his brother, Randy’s, house screaming for help.
Pam Brown saw her brother-in-law running to their house and called her husband, Randy. As Randy was leaving the house, Pam gave him the .45mm pistol. He met Jerry on the trail with the bear in hot pursuit. As Jerry passed him, Randy shot at the bear twice. The bear turned off and ran between several buildings and down an embankment. Running to cut off the bear, Randy shot at the bear several times, he was not sure that he had hit it.
The Browns put Jerry in a truck and Randy took him to the Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. From there he was airlifted to North Memorial in Robbinsdale, Minn. When Randy returned to Jerry’s home he found the door still wide open and Cricket alone and scared. Cricket was take to Northern Lake Vet Clinic in Shell Lake where he underwent two hours of surgery for his injuries. Tim and Jo Ullom, Sunset Pet Retreat, Shell Lake, paid the vet bill.
The DNR has set several traps out around the Brown farm in an effort to capture the bear and destroy it. The bear that attacked was originally identified as a lone boar but the following day a sow with two young cubs was seen in the area.
On one of their visits to see Jerry in the hospital, Randy and Pam took with them a large greeting card for Jerry made by students of Shell Lake Summer School.