(LEAVENWORTH, Wash.) – A woman suffered “severe” injuries Saturday after being charged by a black bear near her home in Washington state, authorities said.
The incident happened before 7 a.m. in Leavenworth, central Washington, while the woman was walking her dog, police said.
“The woman had let her dog out that morning when she was charged by an adult black bear,” the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police said in a statement.
The victim suffered “significant” injuries, according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, who attended the scene and called officers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for assistance.
She is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital, authorities said.
Using a Karelian bear dog, officers located and “fatally abducted” an adult black bear near where the incident happened later that morning, police said. Two cubs about 9 months old were also captured and transported to a wildlife rehabilitation center, police said.
“We are extremely grateful that the victim is receiving medical attention following this unfortunate encounter,” Washington Fish and Wildlife Police Capt. Mike Jewell said in a statement. “Public safety is our priority; our officers and staff quickly mobilized to locate the animal and secure the scene.
Please note that we ask the public to avoid the Enchantment Park Way area off Commercial Street in Leavenworth due to a recent bear attack. A female was attacked in the last hour. Fish & Wildlife is called in to help and for more advice. pic.twitter.com/OS0g7Mp8fe
— Sheriff Chelan (@chelansheriff) October 22, 2022
The sheriff’s office had warned residents to avoid the area after the bear attack.
Since 1970, Washington State authorities have recorded 20 human-black bear encounters that resulted in documented injury, including one fatal attack.
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