Black Bear at Zoo Bites Off Woman's Fingers
And, yes, alcohol was a factor
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2010 1:48 PM CST
A file photo of a black bear.   (AP Photo/Sue Mansfield, North American Bear Center)

(Newser) – The signs around the bear's cage say "Stay away from fence" and "Do not feed animals." A Wisconsin woman disregarded both and lost four fingers as a result. The 47-year-old walked past barriers at the Lincoln Park Zoo and started feeding a black bear out of a plastic bag. Her boyfriend also got bit when he tried to pry the bear off her hand. The mayor tells the Herald Times Record that both had been drinking. The woman's 3-year-old granddaughter was unharmed.