August 19, 2013
7 Bear Attacks Reported in 5 States
By Ben Romans
Seven bear attacks were reported in five states in five days, including a case in Michigan where a black bear attacked a female jogger.
According to CNN.com, officials say the incident in Michigan where Abby Wetherell, 12, was attacked by a black bear while jogging, is an anomaly. Michigan has a population of 8,000 to 10,000 black bears, and there are approximately two bear-to-human incidents a year, according to Ed Golder with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
“On her way back this time, a bear just kind of came out of nowhere and attacked her from behind, knocked her to the ground,” her mother, Elizabeth Wetherell, told CNN affiliate WXMI. “At that point, she didn't know what to do because she had been injured severely and couldn't get up, so she decided ... to just lay there and play dead.”
The article says that when she finally attempted to run toward a house, the bear gave chase once again, but neighbors were able to scare it away. Wildlife officials are running DNA tests on a bear they killed to see if it’s the same animal that attacked Wetherell last Thursday.
Recent attacks have been also been reported in Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho.
In Alaska, a hunter mauled by a bear survived in the wilderness for 36 hours until rescuers using night-vision goggles found him in the dense bush. He suffered significant blood loss, but rescue teams on foot and in the air were able to stabilize his condition and transport him to safety.
In Colorado, a bear broke into a tent and bit a sleeping woman on the arm. She suffered puncture wounds but was otherwise not seriously injured before the bear ran away.
Two hikers encountered a sow and cub in Yellowstone National Park. The sow charged, bit, and clawed one hiker, but retreated when the hikers discharged cans of bear spray.
Lastly, in Idaho, a grizzly knocked two habitat researchers to the ground, biting both, before one of the men was able to dispel his bear spray, forcing the bear to retreat.