72-Year-Old Woman Survives Bear Attack

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM EDT

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Credit: Minnesota DNR

72-Year-Old Woman Survives Bear Attack

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM EDT

A scary situation for a Minnesota woman this week, according to a report from Granite Broadcasting sister station Northland's NewsCenter in Duluth, Minn.

According to the report from Northland's NewsCenter:

A 72-year-old woman was injured in a black bear attack Monday evening, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The woman was bitten and clawed by a sow bear before the animal and her three yearlings left the woman’s property. The woman’s injuries were serious but not life-threatening. The bears had been seen on the property prior to Monday’s incident.

A conservation officer later killed the 190-pound female bear after the animal ran at the officer as well.

“Like any wild animal, bears can be unpredictable,” said Rodmen Smith, acting director of the DNR’s Division of Enforcement. “This situation was clearly unusual bear behavior and presented a public safety risk.”

According to the DNR, the incident on Monday began when the woman let her dog outside after checking to make sure the bears, which had been seen on the property for several days, weren’t around. When the three yearlings unexpectedly ran from under the deck, her golden retriever ran off the deck and gave chase.

When the woman reached the bottom of her deck stairs, she saw the sow nearby. The sow initially ran toward the dog, but when the woman yelled for the dog to return, the sow changed direction and came at her, striking her left arm and side with its claws and knocking her to the ground. The bear retreated, and then attacked a second time, biting her on the right arm and leg, leaving puncture wounds. The sow bear ran in the direction of the three yearlings.

A DNR conservation officer arrived and found the bears about 200 yards from where the incident occurred. When the sow ran toward him, he shot and killed it.