On May 20,2022 at 11:11 p.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone report of a bear attack at a residence located just west of the city of Medford on Castle Rd in the Township of Medford, Taylor County. Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies along with EMS were dispatched. Upon arrival deputies found the homeowner’s-a husband and wife-who were the victim of the attack were both injured, their children had been asleep in their bedrooms at the time of the attack and were unharmed.
Deputies were informed by the victims that they noticed a bear outside eating from the bird feeder. They opened a window and yelled for the bear to go away. The bear immediately turned and charged at the house breaking through the window and into the house and immediately attacked.
Both the husband and wife were attacked and fought with the bear and at one point stabbing it with a kitchen knife as it attacked. Eventually the husband was able to retrieve a firearm and shot the bear dead inside the home. Both individuals had numerous bites and injuries from the attack. They have since been treated for their injuries and released to go home.
The bear was an adult female and appeared to have one cub that was seen running off as the bear had charged the house. The Wisconsin DNR also responded and took possession of the bear for testing.