A bear attacked a California woman who was sleeping in her backyard on Monday night. The woman protected herself by striking the animal with a laptop.
The attack took place in Sierra Madre, California. Hospital staff reported the incident to the police at 8:49 p.m. However, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Kyle Bailey police believe the attack happened earlier. The woman received treatment for her injuries at the hospital.
Captain Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife addressed the incident. “It sounds like she was working on a laptop and fell asleep,” Foy said, according to Mercury News.
He reported that the unidentified woman suffered a bite wound to her leg and scratches on her arm and leg. “The bear came to her side, began clawing at her arm and leg, and bit her leg,” Foy said.
Fish and Wildlife authorities are searching for the bear. The woman reportedly described the bear as light-colored and weighing around 125 pounds. Foy claims the bear is likely a juvenile.
Fish and Wildlife took samples from the bite wound. If identified by DNA, the bear responsible for biting the victim will be euthanized.
Captain Foy explains that the bear presents more of a threat to others after biting a human. “Once an animal starts to attack and bite a human being, they view humans as prey,” Foy said.
A Fish and Wildlife officer managed to catch a glimpse at the bear from about 100 yards away, Foy says. However, the bear fled into the forest before the officer took action.
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[H/T Mercury News]