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Second person dies in motorcycle accident involving animal

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ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) -- A second person has died in a motorcycle crash involving an animal.

Jackson County Sheriff's officials said Dale Hart, 51, of Black River Falls, died on Monday after colliding with a wolf. Police said Hart's bike went into a skid. He was thrown from the bike. The wolf also died.

This is the second motorcycle death involving animals in just a few days. Terry Holmgren, 67, of Eagle River, died Saturday after his bike hit a turkey.

"There's animals and critters all over the place," said Coke Stevens, salesman at Harley Davidson of Wausau. "Wolves, obviously, isn't a real occurrence that's going to happen very often. But they're out there, and it's just something you have to prepare yourself for."

Dan Joling, a motorcycle safety instructor at Harley Davidson of Wausau, said it's hard to anticipate everything that will happen. But he said riders should make sure they can see a good distance ahead, especially at night. Plus, Joling said riders should never swerve and brake at the same time.

"What we would recommend if you do see something is just straighten that bike up, square the handlebars to the bike, keep your head and eyes up, and try to get into as quick and straight break as possible using both brakes," said Joling.

Both men involved in the accidents were not wearing helmets. Wisconsin has no law requiring helmets. But Joling said he encourages riders to wear sturdy protective gear.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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