Black bear attack leaves woman hospitalized in Chelan County

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. — A woman was attacked by a female black bear early Saturday morning.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says officers reported a bear-human attack at a home next to Enchantment Park and Blackbird Island in Leavenworth.

WDFW says the woman let her dog out when an adult female black bear charged her. Officers were able to kill the bear with the help of a Karelian bear dog. Two bear cubs were also captured, assessed and taken to a PAWS wildlife rehabilitation facility.

The woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is getting medical care at a hospital in Wenatchee.

“We are extremely thankful that the victim is receiving medical care from this unfortunate encounter,” said Captain Mike Jewell. “Public safety is our priority; our officers and staff were quick to mobilize to locate the animal and secure the scene.”

There has only been one recorded fatal black bear attack in Washington, which was in 1974. Since 1970, there have been 19 recorded injuries from black bear-human encounters.

WDFW says if a bear walks toward you, be sure to stand up, wave your hands above your head and talk in a low voice. Along with this, be sure to back away and avoid direct eye contact.

Be sure to also not to run away from a bear. If you are going on a hike, be sure to make noise and keep your pets on a leash. Furthermore, be aware of your surroundings to make sure you don’t accidentally scare a bear.

If you are recreating, WDFW recommends bringing bear spray, having it available at a moment’s notice and knowing how to use it.

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