DEDHAM – Bear attacks are unusual and even rarer in the winter when bears are supposed to be hibernating. But a Maine man said that’s just what happened.

Twenty-nine-year-old Dustin Gray said a black bear lunged at him and his 11-month-old puppy on Monday. The 6-foot-5 man tells the Bangor Daily News that he punched and kicked the 150-pound bear until it fled and knocked him over in the process.

Gray suffered scratches and bruises, but his Labrador mix, Clover, suffered severe puncture wounds. Nicole Ireland at Penobscot Veterinary Services, where the dog is being treated, said Clover’s injuries are “consistent with a large animal attack.”

Gray said the attack happened near Route 1A in Dedham, in Hancock County, when he stopped to let the puppy relieve herself. The Maine Warden Service is investigating.

Augusta and Waterville news

Get news and events from your towns in your inbox every Friday.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.