MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in Cass County are investigating the death of a man, who was attacked by a bear and later died of unrelated causes.
According to Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch, the office received a report on July 8 at 10:49 p.m. of a medical situation in Ponto Lake Township, located near Lake Ada in rural Pine River.READ MORE: Kim Fields Hopes 'Adventures In Christmasing' Inspires People To Come Out Of Their Comfort Zone
There, a 70-year-old man was complaining of stomach pain. He was treated on scene and airlifted to Fargo Hospital.READ MORE: Crews Knock Down Large Fire In North Minneapolis Home Under Renovation
An investigation revealed that two days earlier, the victim was attempting to scare a bear away from his yard when he was charged by another bear. He was thrown into the air and landed on the ground. However, there were no external visible injuries to the victim from the incident.
On July 9, the sheriff’s office was told that the victim died at the hospital. A preliminary autopsy found that the bear incident did not cause the death of the victim, and there were no injuries or wounds discovered during the autopsy.MORE NEWS: COVID In Minnesota: 4,511 Newly Reported Cases Over The Weekend; 44 More Deaths
The death remains under investigation.