Woman attacked, wildlife officers shoot and kill a bear | SummitDaily.com

Woman attacked, wildlife officers shoot and kill a bear

CONIFER ” A woman checking on her barking dog was attacked by a small bear, and wildlife officials Monday followed tracks and killed a bear.

The 38-year-old woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after the encounter early Monday, officials with the Division of Wildlife said in a statement.

Food placed in snow banks during a power outage and unsecured garbage cans in a shed may have attracted the bear, DOW officials said. The woman’s 10-year-old daughter witnessed the attack and estimated the bear at about 50 to 60 pounds.

A wildlife official followed tracks leading away from the home and encountered three bears. One of the bears charged the officer who drew a firearm and shot the animal.

It was unclear whether the bear shot by the officer was the same bear that attacked the woman, whose name has not been released.

Traps were set for the additional bears and testing and necropsy will be performed on the dead bear.

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