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Bedridden Woman, 82, Attacked by 400-Pound Bear

She survives, but bear is caught and killed in New Mexico
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 6, 2013 4:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – An 82-year-old bedridden woman suffered scratches on her face and head when a 400-pound black bear broke into her northern New Mexico home and attacked her Tuesday night, state wildlife officials say. The woman told authorities she was in bed with the doors and windows open when the bear broke the latch on a screen door and entered her bedroom. A housekeeper went in about 10pm to close the doors and turn off the lights and found the woman with scratches on her nose and head. Dogs tracked the bear, and wildlife officers caught and killed it yesterday; the woman's injuries are minor, but the bear must be tested for rabies. (Read more animal attack stories.)

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