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Mantario Trail partly closed following bear attack

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A section of a popular hiking trail along the Manitoba-Ontario border has been shut down following a bear attack.

Manitoba Conservation closed the Mantario Trail from its terminus near Big Whiteshell to Mantario Lake. The southern section of the trail between Caddy Lake and Mantario Lake is still open.

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Officials were notified of the attack Monday afternoon. A Facebook post on a page dedicated to the Mantario Trail says a man was bitten on the back of his leg by a bear that snuck up on him.

Conservation officers searched the area for the bear but did not locate it. They also told hikers still on the trail of the attack and closure.

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Manitoba Conservation said this is believed to be the first time the Mantario Trail has been closed due to an aggressive bear. It’s not known when it will re-open.

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