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California man may have been attacked by mother bear

October 19, 2016 12:22 PM

SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a man attacked by one of two bears in the Angeles National Forest last week may have come between a mother and yearling.

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The agency says it analyzed DNA from saliva on the victim's clothing to determine the attacking bear was female, and examination of tracks and other evidence indicate the other bear was 10 to 12 months old.

The 54-year-old hiker was treated for injuries and released from a hospital.

The attack occurred Oct. 10 north of the Los Angeles suburb of Sierra Madre. The victim reported that he came across a standing bear and was attacked moments later by another bear.

Fish and Wildlife says there will be no further efforts to trap or euthanize the bear.

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