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Muskoka man who fought off bear recognized for bravery

According to police, a short physical confrontation began before Ruff fought the bear off and it left through a door. OPP handout

A Muskoka man has been formally recognized by Bracebridge OPP for fighting off a bear that entered his home two summers ago.

On July 31, 2019, a black bear entered 80-year-old Norman Ruff’s home in Port Carling.

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According to police, a short physical confrontation took place before Ruff fought the bear off and it left through a door.

Ruff was subsequently treated for minor injuries.

On Tuesday, Bracebridge OPP presented Ruff with a citation for bravery on behalf of OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.

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