A Washington state woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a bear attack, state officials say.
State biologist Rich Beausoleil told KING-TV the woman “blew” the bear “right in the nose.”
Police located and killed the bear near the site of the attack, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A Washington state woman fought off a black bear that charged at her Saturday morning by punching her in the nose, according to a state wildlife biologist.
According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife statement, the bear attacked the woman when she left her dog outside at a residence near Enchantment Park and Blackbird Island in Leavenworth, Washington. The woman was transported to a hospital in Wenatchee, Washington with non-life-threatening injuries, the statement said.
“She didn’t see it coming, so she couldn’t get fat, clap her hands, yell at the bear, wave her arms,” said Washington state wildlife biologist Rich Beausoleil. at KING-TV. “These are the things we usually tell people to do, but if the bear knocks you down, then yes, your solution is to fight.”
Beausoleil told the station that the woman “just turned around and blew ‘the bear’ right in the nose, which caused the bear to ‘start running.’
Police found the bear near the scene of the attack with the help of a bear dog and killed it, the statement said. Two cubs were also transported to a local wildlife rehabilitation center. KING-TV reported that WDFW said the bear was euthanized because it was overweight, which caused it to forage for food in trash cans near people’s homes.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife said in the statement that bears generally avoid people, but if a bear approaches, it recommends standing up, waving your hands above your head and talking. in a low voice.
“Stand back avoiding direct eye contact. Do not run away from a bear,” the statement read.
On Saturday, two college wrestlers were hospitalized after battling a grizzly bear that attacked them in Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park.
The bear came crashing through a tree and one of the wrestlers only had time to shout “Bear! Bear!” before he is attacked.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said it was investigating the incident in a statement.
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