Woman escapes bear attack by punching it in the face

A Washington state woman escaped a bear attack outside her home with injuries Saturday morning after punching her in the face, according to a wildlife official.

The unnamed Leavenworth woman was charged by an adult black bear while letting her dog out, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement.

She sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The bear was killed later that morning by wildlife officers and two cubs were captured and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center, the statement said.

State wildlife biologist Rich Beausoleil told Seattle’s KING-TV the woman made the right decision in attacking the bear after it was knocked to the ground.

“She didn’t see it coming, so she couldn’t get fat, clap her hands, you know, yell at the bear, wave her arms,” ​​Beausoleil told the station. “These are the things we usually tell people to do.”

“If the bear knocks you down, then yes, your solution is to fight.”

“It was just instinct for her,” he added. “She just turned around and shoved him in the face.”

The woman reportedly told authorities that after hitting the bear, it “shook” and took off.

Wildlife officials said the bear was put down because it was overweight, indicating it likely ate scraps and garbage, KING-TV reported.

Washington has not had a fatal black bear attack since 1974, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said. They have recorded 19 encounters with humans resulting in injury since 1970.


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