Bear attack in Pennsylvania injured two young children: officials
Two young children were injured in a bear attack in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The five-year-old and one-year-old were playing in the driveway of their Wright Township home on Monday when they suffered non-fatal injuries from a bear. They were treated for bites and scratches at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, but were later released.
The Game Commission, which is investigating the incident, said there were few details about the incident or what may have led to the attack. The agency has set up two bear traps in the area.
The agency said that if a bear is caught, DNA testing may be able to positively determine if it was the same bear that attacked the children.
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Bears in the state generally avoid contact with people and rarely attack, according to the Game Commission.
“When attacks do occur, it often involves a situation where a bear is cornered and has no opportunity to flee, or is triggered by a dog confronting a bear, and the dog’s owner is involved,” the author wrote. agency on Facebook.
The bear involved in Monday’s attack is unlikely to be attack-prone, the agency said, adding that the attack was more likely triggered by “an unknown circumstance”.
If the bear involved in the attack is captured, it will be euthanized as a precaution.
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“Bears have a natural fear of people, but they can lose some of that fear when they live near people, and especially if fed,” the Game Commission wrote. “For this reason, it is illegal in Pennsylvania to intentionally feed bears.”
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“But even without intentional feeding, bears can be drawn to properties where they can find an easy meal at a bird feeder, by raiding compost bins or garbage cans, or by knocking over a charred grill,” the post continues. “Those living in bear country might consider removing these potential food sources from places where bears might obtain them, and where bears have recently been a problem, these items should definitely be removed.”
There are approximately 15,000 bears in Pennsylvania.