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BEND, OR -- Two men were injured when they were attacked by a beaver near Lava Island Falls, Thursday evening. Deschutes County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a water rescue on the Deschutes River, just before 7 p.m.

 

Clayton Mitchell of Bend reported that his 31-year-old friend was trapped in submerged logs. John Bailey, of Redmond, was able to free himself and climb out of the water, just as first responders arrived. 

 
Investigators say the two men were exploring the river near Lava Island Falls when they climbed into a beaver dam and were attacked by the animal protecting its home. Mitchell and Bailey were evaluated by medics and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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