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Toby the black lab was killed by a large black bear while he accompanied Chris Wacker on a mushrooming expedition near John Wacker's house in Evergreen Township. This photo was taken shortly after the attack, before Toby was taken to the vet. submitted photo

Man says dog attacked by bear saved his son’s life

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FRAZEE, Minn. -- Toby the black Labrador retriever probably didn’t have to lay down his life the day he was chased by a big black bear, but if he hadn’t, a human member of his family might be dead now.

Toby, an 8-year-old, 95-pound black lab owned by John Wacker of Evergreen Township, was a friendly, smart dog.

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