Woman's Bear Spray Doesn't Protect Her 20-year-old is mauled in Alaska By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Aug 5, 2015 9:28 AM CDT 62 comments Comments A brown bear is shown in this photo. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) (Newser) – A line you don't want to hear: She "tried to use bear spray to no avail." That's apparently what happened in Alaska yesterday. The Alaska Dispatch News reports a 20-year-old woman was attacked by a bear near Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. The mauling reportedly left her with bites and cuts to her head, back, and arm that are not life-threatening, though the captain of Central Emergency Services, which protects 1,000 square miles in the region, says it "sounds like she had some pretty significant injuries and will have a long road ahead of her."