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Woman Attacked By Bear Near Ojai

This is the most recent of about 15 confirmed bear attacks in California since 1980



    Ojai Woman Survives Bear Attack By Playing Dead

    An Ojai woman played dead after she was confronted by a bear while walking her dogs. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2012. (Published Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012)

    UPDATE: On Saturday, authorities had set a trap for the bear, but said they were not actively searching for it. If it gets trapped, it will be killed, under state policy regarding bears that attack humans. Read more here.

    A woman walking her three dogs north of Ojai was attacked by a bear early Friday, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.

    The victim, who wished to remain unidentified, suffered minor injuries to her arm and back.

    Raw Video: Ojai Bear Cub Recovering in Lake Tahoe

    [LA] Raw Video: Ojai Bear Cub Recovering in Lake Tahoe
    Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Inc. sent NBC4 this video 3-month-old bear cub that was found wandering alone in an Ojai avocado orchard. Weighing just 9 pounds, the female cub was taken by rescuers to the Calabasas California Wildlife Center, which transferred her to the Lake Tahoe center, where she's been improving. Raw video from October 2012.
    (Published Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012)

    She was walking at 7 a.m. along a road, department spokesman Andrew Hughan said.

    "She came across a sow with at least one cub," Hughan said.

    The sow, a California black bear, approached the woman and injured her, though the victim was uncertain if she was bitten or scratched.

    Man Claims Bear is Terrorizing His Family

    [LA] Man Claims Bear is Terrorizing His Family
    Jim Cozzie says a bear has been in his backyard for five nights in a row, making him afraid to let his children play outside. Animal control says there's nothing they can do to shoo the bear away because its looking for food and water that's been in short supply for years. Kim Baldonado reports from Pasadena the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2012.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012)

    She said she was pushed down an embankment and followed by the bear. At the bottom, the woman curled into a ball and remained still. The bear sniffed her and then "moved off into the forest," Hughan said in an emailed statement.

    The woman did not seek medical treatment, but she called law enforcement to report the attack.

    Hughan said wardens were on the scene as of 3:30 p.m. and the investigation was continuing.

    "An effort will be make to locate and capture the offending bear," Hughan said in the statement. "No decisions about the bear will be made until it is captured and verified it was the offender."

    Earlier this month, a bear cub was rescued from the Ojai area after being found abandoned in an avocado orchard. The cub was taken to a wildlife center in Lake Tahoe.

    Hughan said there's no indication that the bear in Friday's attack was the mother.

    The state has confirmed 15 bear attacks since 1980. The most recent was in 2010 in Lake Tahoe, Hughan said. In 2008, a woman was mauled near Bakersfield. 

    A Ventura County city of about 7,500 that's surrounded by mountains, Ojai is on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest. Bears sightings are not uncommon in that area.

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