Black Bear Tries to Maul Woman Walking Dog near Popular VT Ski Resort!
State Police in Vermont alerted residents on Thursday about another black bear attack near a popular ski resort - the second aggressive encounter near the resort since August.
The press release came one day after police in Winhall VT say a woman was walking her dog near Stratton Mountain Ski Resort on Wednesday when the encounter took place with the overly aggressive black bear.
Here's what police 70 miles outside of Albany said about Wednesday night's bear attack on a woman and her dog.
- Wednesday evening there was a report of a bear attack on a Winhall Resident in the area of Middle Ridge Road.
- A mother bear with cub(s) was in the area.
- When the homeowner walked out of their residence to walk their dog, the bear became aggressive and attacked, most likely because of the presence of the cub(s).
- The victim was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The dog was later found scared but unharmed.
But a report from another local source describes what happened in greater detail - suggesting that the black bear attempts to "maul" the VT woman!
VTDigger.com is reporting that the woman attacked was 43-year-old Sarah Dietl - and even though she seems to be doing okay now, what she endured was quite harrowing.
According to the report, Dietl let her dog outside at her condominium complex Wednesday evening and the dog chased a bear cub up a tree.
That's when the cub’s mother charged, knocking her to the ground, and “began to maul her,” the report said.
"When Dietl cried for help, her partner intervened and successfully separated her from the bear, bringing her inside. The couple opened the door for their dog, but the bear charged the door, preventing the dog from entering." VTDigger.com
According to the NYS DEC, there are a series of Do's and Dont's if you encounter a bear.
DO: Use noise to scare bears away. The DEC suggested that you yell, clap, or bang pots immediately upon sighting a bear near your campsite.
They also urge you to stay calm and walk slowly. But speak in a loud and calm voice, cautiously back away from the bear, and leave the area.
DON'T: Approach, surround, or corner a bear! The DEC notes that bears can be aggressive and will defend themselves when they feel threatened especially around cubs.
Also, DON'T run from a bear - they will chase you. And they're faster.
Local police and the DEC are urging people to take down the bird feeder until December!
READ: One of the biggest bears I've ever seen was looking for food in the ADKs - spotted on a trail cam. And no lie, you must see its size to believe it!
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