Washington: black bear accuses woman walking dog, police say


A Washington woman received “non-fatal injuries” after a black bear accused her of walking her dog on Saturday, police say.

Fisheries and wildlife officials received a report on the incident at around 7am Saturday, according to a press release from the Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The meeting took place near Washington’s Enchantment Park in the city of Leavenworth.

The adult female black bear attacked the woman shortly after she let her dog out on Saturday morning, according to the statement. She is currently admitted to a local hospital.

Police used a Karelian bear dog, a specialized Finnish breed used for hunting, to track down the bear and killed her.

They also found the two bear cubs, which they captured and transported to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Washington state is home to around 20,000 black bears, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bears can weigh up to 300 pounds and are five feet tall when standing.

Bear attacks on humans in the United States are quite rare, but they do occur occasionally. Since 1970, there have been 20 documented human injuries caused by bears, including one fatal attack, the department says.