Two hikers are recovering from injuries sustained Monday in a black-bear attack that can be attributed, at least in part, to the actions of their dog.

The unnamed hikers were on a forested trail at about 6 p.m. near Sudbury, in the Canadian province of Ontario, with a dog that had ventured ahead.

Black bear photo is courtesy of the USFWS.

According to, the dog came into contact with the bear, which chased the dog back to the hikers. Both hikers were clawed and bitten as they took turns fighting back.

The bear soon fled and the hikers eventually found help. Their injuries were said to be non-life-threatening.

Hikers in bear country often will attach a bell to their dog's collar to warn bears of the dog's presence. That reduces the chance of a surprise encounter, which can result in a bear pursuing a dog as it flees toward its human companions.

It was not clear whether the Sudbury hikers were letting the dog run free without a bell.

They were treated at a nearby clinic, according to CBC.

The incident is under investigation by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

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