Leavenworth, WA – A female bear was “lethally removed” by wildlife officials after she attacked a woman in the picturesque town of Leavenworth, in central Washington. The woman let her dog out around 7 a.m. on Saturday morning when the black bear charged her outside a residence near Enchantment Park and Blackbird Island. The woman was able to get away from the bear after she punched the sow in the nose.
The bear had two nine-month-old cubs who were found and relocated to a PAWS wildlife rehabilitation facility.
The woman suffered significant, though non-life-threatening injuries and she is receiving care at a hospital in Wenatchee. In a release, Captain Mike Jewell said:
“We are extremely thankful that the victim is receiving medical care from this unfortunate encounter. Public safety is our priority; our officers and staff were quick to mobilize to locate the animal and secure the scene.”
Wildlife officials have offered tips to avoid being injured if you encounter a bear:
In general bears avoid people, but they’re naturally curious animals. If a bear walks toward you, identify yourself as a human by standing up, waving your hands above your head, and talking in a low voice. Back away, avoiding direct eye contact. Don’t run from a bear. WDFW recommends making noise and leashing pets while hiking. Be aware of your surroundings as to not accidentally startle a bear. While recreating, WDFW recommends carrying bear spray that is readily accessible and knowing how to use it.