Saturday, 25 June 2016

Woman attacked by bear while running marathon in New Mexico

Officials say female black bear attacked after cub ran up a tree
Runner suffers bites, scratches and injuries to head, neck and upper body

Associated Press in Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico
Sunday 19 June 201620.55 BSTLast modified on Sunday 19 June 201621.31 BST

Wildlife officials say a bear attacked a woman who was running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico.

The woman suffered several bites and scratches and had injuries to her head, neck and upper body that were not life-threatening.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (DGF) said the woman was racing on Saturday afternoon when a female black bear confronted her in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Officers said the victim surprised the bear after the bear’s cub ran up a nearby tree.
Other joggers helped the woman until emergency crews arrived. She was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital.

The New Mexico DGF and the National Park Service warned people to stay away from the area.

Officials were trying to find the bear, to euthanize it and test it for rabies. Although rabies in bears is rare, the DGF said in a statement, “it is nearly 100% fatal in humans if not properly treated”.

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